Saul Zaentz was interested in working with Anthony Minghella after he saw the director's film Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990); Minghella brought this project to the producer's attention. Michael Ondaatje, the Sri Lankan-born Canadian author of the novel, worked closely with the filmmakers. During the development of the project with 20th Century Fox, according to Minghella, the "studio wanted the insurance policy of so-called bigger" actors. Zaentz recalled, "they'd look at you and say, 'Could we cast Demi Moore in the role'?" Not until Miramax Films took over was the director's preference for Scott Thomas accepted.
- 1 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredThe English Patient 3:37
- 2 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredA Retreat 1:26
- 3 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredRupert Bear 1:27
- 4 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredWhat Else Do You Love? 1:06
- 5 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredWhy Picton? 1:09
- 6 Fred AstaireCheek To Cheek 3:20
- 7 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredKip's Lights 1:30
- 8 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredHana's Curse 2:11
- 9 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredI'll Always Go Back To That Church 1:54
- 10 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredBlack Nights 1:57
- 11 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredSwoon, I'll Catch You 1:53
- 12 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredAm I K. In Your Book? 1:00
- 13 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredLet Me Come In! 2:41
- 14 Benny GoodmanWang Wang Blues 2:53
- 15 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredConvento Di Sant'anna 9:12
- 16 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredHerodotus 1:12
- 17 MuzsikásSzerelem, Szerelem (feat. Márta Sebestyén) 4:37
- 18 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredAsk Your Saint Who He's Killed 1:10
- 19 Benny GoodmanOne O'Clock Jump 3:16
- 20 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredI'll Be Back 4:03
- 21 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredLet Me Tell You About Winds 1:00
- 22 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredRead Me To Sleep 5:02
- 23 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Gabriel YaredThe Cave Of Swimmers 2:01
- 24 Shepheard's Hotel Jazz OrchestraWhere Or When 2:19
- 25 Julie SteinbergAria (From The Goldberg Variations) 3:04
|Runtime||2 hr 42 min|
|Budget||$27 000 000|
|Premiere: World||$231 976 425 November 14, 1996|
|USA||$78 676 425|
|Other countries||$153 300 000|
|Box Office – Budget||$204 976 425|
|Premiere: USA||$78 676 425 November 6, 1996|
|Digital: World||March 4, 2014|
|Parental Advisory||Frightening & Intense Scenes, Violence & Gore, Sex & Nudity, ...|
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Il paziente inglese (Italy)
DescriptionAt the close of World War II, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
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Minghella is a genius: he managed to clearly transfer to the screen a novel that looks like a stream of consciousness, stupefied by morphine. A story of forbidden passionate love set against a backdrop of sand, travel and war. Translated to English
A long drama, lasting 2 and a half hours, which only towards the end touches the viewer’s feelings and involves him in this whole triangle of feelings, love, compassion and faith. A huge number of nominations for awards and "The English Patient" won almost all of them. Translated to English
A film about great love that is known much less than it deserves. Yes, it’s drawn out, and slowly, but tears well up in the finale. There is no black and white in the world, everything is always gray. Ralph Fiennes is not only Voldemort but also a great actor. Translated to English
Finally rewatched it. I watched the film for the third time, with breaks of ten years. I can compare it with the original. In the book, the line between Hana and the Hindu is rather the main one. Here the Indian was laid off, his hysteria over nuclear strikes on Japan was removed. But they added euthanasia at the end. The screen version is better. Translated to English
A difficult film in which there are two strong stories – Hannah and the Indian sapper and the main character’s romance with a married woman. It’s difficult to say which line is the basis. The story turned out to be tragic, but beautiful. I recommend it to lovers of desert landscapes and good stories. All the best Translated to English
Beautiful, melodramatic. The passion between Fiennes and Kristin Scott oozes across the screen. Translated to English
The movie is a bit boring (although much more interesting than the book), but I’ll give it a 9. It deserves this rating thanks to the great actors in the lead roles. Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas are one of the best movie couples. The chemistry between them oozes across the screen. The story itself is tragic and sad. Translated to English
Yes, here, as you can see, they place interesting accents and indulge them. For example, like "Thou shalt not love thy neighbor’s wife,” but still, how passionately and beautifully he loved her. How superbly played by the actors, you even watch their relationship with trepidation and sadness. Translated to English