The English Patient (1996)

The English Patient (1996)
  • Time: 162 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance | War
  • Director: Anthony Minghella
  • Cast: Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth


Beginning in the 1930’s, “The English Patient” tells the story of Count Almásy who is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of love, betrayal, and politics that is later revealed in a series of flashbacks while Almásy is on his death bed after being horribly burned in a plane crash.

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  • The English Patient, an epic romance set during World War II, is a great movie. It is occasionally over the top, but still contains some of the most dramatic scenes ever put on screen.

    The acting in this film is exceptional. Ralph Fienes plays the lead character with stoicism, yet still gives him passion. Kristen Scott Thomas is also very good as his mistress. But to me, the two standouts of the film are Juliett Bionchi(who won an Oscar for this role)in her role as a kind nurse and Willem Dafoe playing a petty thief with a dark past. Colin Firth makes an appearance as a side character, but his performance is, while good, not on par with his usual standard.

    The English Patient has a wonderfully crafted plot. There are many flashbacks showing how the films characters lives intertwine.

    Minghella made this film very immersive. The viewer makes decisions along with each of the characters and questions the choices they make. This is a tribute to the skill Minghella had.

    Now for the criticisms. Firstly, this film is much too long. The plot could have easily been trimmed down and still been just as epic. Also, many of the scenes in the movie appeared to serve no purpose, adding more unnecessary lenght. Finally, some of the dialog, especially towards the end, was quite mellow-dramatic. However it should be said that the majority of the dialog was good.

    Despite these criticisms, The English Patient is still a classic Oscar winning masterpiece. It is a personal favorite of mine.

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