The English Patient

1996/Color/162 mins/UK,USA




Category Country Focus: UK: Classics
Director Anthony Minghella
Producer Saul Zaentz
Screenplay Anthony Minghella, based on Michael Ondaatje's novel,
Cinematography John Seale
Editor Walter Murch
Music NA
Set Stuart Craig
Costume Ann Roth
Cast Ralph Fiennes (Almasy), Juliette Binoche (Hana), Willem Dafoe (Caravaggio), Kristin Scott Thomas (Katherine Clifton), Naveen Andrews (Kip), Colin Firth (Geoffrey Clifton)
Production Company Miramax
World Sales Miramax
Festival/Awards Silver Berlin Bear Award, Berlin, 1997; Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Score, Best Screenplay, Best Actress - Supporting Role, Best Actress - Drama, Best Actor - Drama, Best Director, 1997; Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Actress - Supporting Role, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Actress - Leading Role, Best Actor - Leading Role, 1997

World War II. In a field hospital in Italy, Hana, a nurse from Canada, is caring for an english pilot who was horribly burned in a plane wreck; who has no identification and cannot remember his name. When the hospital is forced to evacuate, Hana determines en route that the patient shouldn't be moved far due to his fragile condition, so the two are left in a monastery to be picked up later. In time, Hana begins to piece together the patient's story from the shards of his memories; he's actually Count Laszlo Almasy, of Hungarian nobility and an explorer working with a group mapping uncharted territory in North Africa. An Englishman, Geoffrey Clifton, soon joins Almasy's team; travelling with him is his lovely and spirited wife, Katherine. Katherine and Laszlo soon fall in love, which leads Laszlo to betray his friend, his country and all that is dear to him. Meanwhile, Hana and the Patient are joined by Kip, a Sikh with a gift for defusing mines, and Caravaggio, an intelligence agent who knows some of Laszlo's most shameful secrets.

Director:
Anthony Minghella
Born on January 6, 1954, in England, Anthony Minghella began his career scripting children's television shows for the BBC. He made his directorial film debut in 1990 with the film Truly, Madly, Deeply. In 1996, he won an Academy Award (best director) for his adaptation of the Michael Ondaatje novel The English Patient. His other films include The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain. Minghella died in 2008 from hemorrhage after surgery.

Selected Filmography:
The Reader (2008), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Cold Mountain (2003), Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990), Breaking and Entering (2006).