The Quiet American
The DVD of the movie The Quiet American is scheduled for July 29, 2003, and can be ordered from
The movie was based on a novel by Graham Greene.  Although Graham Greene was a very good writer, with an excellent prose style, I found that I just couldn't get through the book.  It was just too boring.  The characters seemed terribly self-important and unsympathetic to me. It was unclear to me who the different warring factions in Vietnam were.  The characters sometimes placed themselves in dangerous situations, but I did not understand why.  To the extent that the characters appeared to have motivation, that motivation was unbelievable.
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