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Plot, Details & Awards

The English Patient

Rated R for sexuality, some violence and language.

R In Theaters 03/14/1997 , 162min.
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Plot & Details

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).

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Kristin Scott Thomas Nominated
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Walter Murch Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Walter Murch Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Ralph Fiennes Nominated
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Anthony Minghella Nominated
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Ann Roth Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Saul Zaentz Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Dramatic Score Gabriel Yared Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound David Parker Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography John Seale Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Chris Newman Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Anthony Minghella Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mark Berger Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Stephenie McMillan Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Juliette Binoche Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Stuart Craig Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Score Gabriel Yared Won
1996 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography John Seale Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actress Juliette Binoche Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director Anthony Minghella Won
1996 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Anthony Minghella Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography John Seale Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Directors Guild of America Best Director Anthony Minghella Won

European Film Academy

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 European Film Academy Best Actress Juliette Binoche Won
1997 European Film Academy Best Cinematographer John Seale Won

French Academy of Cinema

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 French Academy of Cinema Best Foreign Film Nominated

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