• The English Patient (1996)

The English Patient

Release Date: 1996

DVD Release Date: March 25th, 1998

R |2 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

The sweeping expanses of the Sahara are the setting for a passionate love affair in this adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel. A badly burned man, Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), is tended to by a nurse, Hana (Juliette Binoche), in an Italian monastery near the end of World War II. His past is revealed through flashbacks involving a married Englishwoman (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his work mapping the African landscape. Hana learns to heal her own scars as she helps the dying man.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth, Julian Wadham, J├╝rgen Prochnow

Director: Anthony Minghella

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Miramax Films, J&M Entertainment

Keywords: Forbidden love, Endearing, Gripping, 1930s, Husband, Soldier, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The kind of movie you can see twice--first for the questions, the second time for the answers. show more

  • 100
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

    A mesmerizing film that is the most stunning, tempestuous love story in a decade or two of movie making. show more

  • 100
    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Examiner

    Minghella is an artist and he has painted himself a masterpiece. show more

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Awards

Winner Best Picture
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Winner Film Editing
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Winner Cinematography
Winner Directing
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Winner Costume Design
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Winner Sound
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Winner Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Art Direction
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)