DVD 162 mins IMDB 7.1 (29,379 votes)
The English Patient - Collector's Series
Miramax Films (1996)
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Drama, Romance, War
USA  /  English

Ralph Fiennes Count Laszlo Almasy
Juliette Binoche Hana
Willem Dafoe Caravaggio
Kristin Scott Thomas Katharine Clifton
Naveen Andrews Kip
Colin Firth Geoffrey Clifton
Julian Wadham Madox
Anthony Smee Beach Interrogating Officer
Roger Morlidge sergeant, desert train
Clive Morrison Fenelon-Barnes
Jürgen Prochnow Major Muller
Kevin Whately Hardy
Clive Merrison Fenelon-Barnes
Nino Castelnuovo D'Agostino
Hichem Rostom Fouad
Peter Rühring Bermann
Geordie Johnson Oliver
Torri Higginson Mary
Kristin Scott-Thomas
Anthony Minghella
Saul Zaentz
Jurgen Prochnow

Director Anthony Minghella
Producer Saul Zaentz
Writer Michael Ondaatje; Anthony Minghella
Cinematography John Seale
Musician Károly Cserepes; Gabriel Yared; Henry Carey; Franz Grüber
User Credit 1 Walter Murch
User Credit 2 Gary Jones; Ann Roth

Anthony Minghella wrote and directed this award-winning adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel about a doomed and tragic romance set against the backdrop of World War II. In a field hospital in Italy, Hana (Juliette Binoche), a nurse from Canada, is caring for a pilot who was horribly burned in a plane wreck; he has no identification and cannot remember his name, so he's known simply as "the English Patient," thanks to his accent. 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 (Ralph Fiennes), of Hungarian nobility and an explorer working with a group mapping uncharted territory in North Africa. An Englishman, Geoffrey Clifton (Colin Firth), soon joins Almasy's team; travelling with him is his lovely and spirited wife, Katherine (Kristin Scott Thomas). 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 (Naveen Andrews), a Sikh with a gift for defusing mines, and Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe), an intelligence agent who knows some of Laszlo's most shameful secrets. The English Patient won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche). — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 786936239065
Region Region 1
Release Date 6/29/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 1: Master Class With Anthony Minghella (Discussion On Deleted Scenes)
A Passionate Journey: The Making Of The English Patient
A Historical Look At The Real Count Almasy
A Conversation With Saul Zaentz, Anthony Minghella & Michael Ondaatje
Novelist Michael Ondaatje Featurette
Feature Commentaries With Anthony Minghella and Others
Film Reviews
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Sexuality, some violence and language.
User Text 2 In love, there are no boundaries.
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Trivia: Kristin Scott Thomas was cast after writing a letter to director Anthony Minghella which included the statement "I am 'K' in your film". (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: American flags with 50 stars being waved by those on tanks instead of 48 in 1945. (more)

Katharine Clifton: Will we be alright?
Almásy: Yes. Yes, absolutely.
Katharine Clifton: "Yes" is a comfort. "Absolutely" is not.

Awards: Won 9 Oscars. Another 40 wins & 37 nominations (more)