The Quiet American

Alden Pyle is a CIA agent working to install General as the new leader of Vietnam in order to stamp out the steadiy growth of rampant comunism in those parts He wins over Thomas Fowler's mistress, Phuong, after Fowler's wife in London denies his request for a divorce. Pyle inadvertedly is responsible for allowing the bombing in the square, he had intended/expected for the detonations to occur at stradegic millitary sites. Hinh, Fowler's coworker and a communist sympahiser, asks Fowler to set up Pyle for assassination since accident or not he is too blame for all the deaths. Fowler jealous that Pyle is stealing away Phuong, betraying his trust and for being a part of this carnage agrees, however he gets cold feet and tries to warn Pyle but fails as Alden is intercepted by Hinh's comrades and dragged off into an alleyway he flees but is confronted Hinh concealed behind an alleway corner who plunges a blade into his chest. The police suspect Fowler, but do not press him as Tom goes to identify his friend and does show he is genuinely ashamed in his part of his pal's demise. Phuong returns to Fowler and they remain in Vietnam through the 1960's.


Continuity mistake: When Pyle comes to Fowler's place on the night of his assassination his dog leaves a footprint in the uncured concrete in the hallway where some tiling work hasn't been finished yet. In close-up the line of tiles at the border has a step that wasn't there before. (01:12:45)


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Thomas Fowler: I have never thought of myself as a correspondent, just a reporter. I offer no point of view, I take no action, I don't get involved. I just report what I see.
Alden Pyle: But you must have an opinion.
Thomas Fowler: Even an opinion is a form of action.

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Trivia: The officer speaking French is true to historical facts: it was mainly the French Foreign Legion fighting in Indochina at the time. However, the troops were predominantly of German origin (ex Wehrmacht and SS soldiers) and there is no detectable German accent in their French. True, this could be a fully French unit, thus no mistake. In live movies and interviews from the time, German accents in French are common.


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