• The Constant Gardener (2005)

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The Constant Gardener

Release Date: August 31st, 2005

DVD Release Date: January 10th, 2006

R |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

Assigned to a new post, reserved British diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) relocates to Kenya with his lovely young wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), an activist for social justice. When Tessa is found murdered out in the wilderness, circumstances point to her friend, Dr. Arnold Bluhm (Hubert Koundé), but it is soon clear that he's not the killer. Grief-stricken and angry, Justin sets out to uncover the truth behind Tessa's murder -- and in the process, he unearths some disturbing revelations.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard McCabe, Donald Sumpter, Juliet Aubrey

Director: Fernando Meirelles

Genres: Thriller, Drama

Production Co: Focus Features

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Husband, Suspenseful, Investigation, Revenge, Mystery, London, Quest, Friend, 2000s, Intense, Emotional, Doctor, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    His (Fernando Meirelles) impressionistic, guerilla style of filmmaking works surprisingly well in capturing the hypnotic urgency of le Carre's fiction. And his viewpoint is less British and more Third World. show more

  • 100
    Robert K. ElderChicago Tribune

    A sweaty, vital masterpiece that's always one step ahead of its audience. show more

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Simply the best adaptation of any John le Carré thriller to make it to the screen. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)