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The English Patient [Blu-ray] [1996]

Release Date:01/31/2012

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 5)

    Special Features

    • Audio commentaries with Screenwriter/Director Anthony Minghella, Producer Saul Zaentz, and Author Michael Ondaatje
    • About Michael Ondaatje
    • From novel to screenplay - interviews with cast and crew
    • The formidable Saul Zaentz
    • A historical look at the Real Count Almasy
    • Filmmaker conversations with Anthony Minghella, Saul Zaentz, Michael Ondaatje, and Film Editor Walter Murch
    • The work of Stuart Craig - Production Designer
    • The eyes of Phil Bray - Still Photographer
    • Master class with Anthony Minghella - deleted scenes
    • CBS documentary: The making of The English Patient


    The English Patient
    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, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Ralph Fiennes
      Ralph Fiennes - Count Laszlo Almasy
    • Juliette Binoche
      Juliette Binoche - Hana
    • Willem Dafoe
      Willem Dafoe - Caravaggio
    • Kristin Scott Thomas
      Kristin Scott Thomas - Katharine Clifton
    • Naveen Andrews
      Naveen Andrews - Kip

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