The Constant Gardener (2005)
IMDb Rating 7.7
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Ralph Fiennes Justin Quayle
Rachel Weisz Tessa Quayle
Hubert Koundé Arnold Bluhm
Daniele Harford Miriam
Danny Huston Sandy Woodrow
Packson Ngugi Officer in Morgue
Bernard Otieno Oduor Journo
Damaris Itenyo Agweyu Journo's Wife
Bill Nighy Sir Bernard Pellegrin
Keith Pearson Porter Coleridge
Pete Postlethwaite
The Constant Gardener is the kind of thriller that hasn't been seen since the 1970s: Smart, politically complex, cinematically adventurous, genuinely thrilling and even heartbreaking. Mild diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes, The English Patient, Schindler's List) has a loose cannon of a wife named Tessa (Rachel Weisz, The Shape of Things, The Mummy), who's digging into the dirty doings of a major pharmaceutical company in Kenya. Her brutal murder forces Justin to continue her investigation down some deadly avenues. This simple plot description doesn't capture the rich texture and slippery, sinuous movement of The Constant Gardener, superbly directed by Fernando Meirelles (Oscar-nominated for his first film, City of God). Shifting back and forth in time, the movie skillfully captures the engaging romance between Justin and Tessa (Fiennes shows considerably more chemistry with Weisz than he had with Jennifer Lopez in Maid in Manhattan) and builds a vivid, gripping, and all-too-justified paranoia. And on top of it all, the movie is beautiful, due to both its incredible shots of the African landscape (which at times is haunting and unearthly) and the gorgeous cinematography. Featuring an all-around excellent cast, including Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father), and Danny Huston (Silver City). --Bret Fetzer
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Thriller
Director Fernando Meirelles
Producer Simon Channing-Williams
Writer John Le Carre; Jeffrey Caine; John le Carré
Musician Alberto Iglesias
Studio Universal Studios
Country UK
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 129 mins
Movie Release Date 8/31/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 561
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 1/15/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen (16:9, Anamorphic)
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
UPC (Barcode) 025192629228
Release Date 1/10/2006
Subtitles English; French; English (Closed Captioned)
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Dolby Digital 5.1 [French]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Deleted Scenes
Extended Scene
Embracing Africa: Filming In Kenya
John Le Carré: From Page To The Screen
Anatomy Of A Global Thriller: Behind The Scenes of The Constant Gardener
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