Constant Gardener (Full Frame)

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Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient) and Rachel Weisz (Constantine) give electrifying performances in this gripping suspense-thriller. A diplomat on the hunt for his wife's murderer uncovers a treacherous conspiracy that will destroy millions of innocent people - unless he can reveal its sinister roots. From the best-selling spy novel by John Le Carré comes this edge-of-your-seat story of murder, deception and revenge that critics are calling "a hair-raising thriller with an unforgettable finale" (Karen Durbin, Elle).


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 202086218
UPC 025192629327
UPC 14 00025192629327
Format DVD
Release Date 1/23/2007
Rating Rating
Conspiracy Theories
London, England
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, whose previous film, CITY OF GOD, won awards all over the world--and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2004 Oscars--has crafted another highly entertaining yet important film. Beautifully shot in Kenya, Germany, Sudan, Manitoba, and London, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, based on a bestselling novel by John Le Carré, is an exciting mix of romance and spy thriller. Ralph Fiennes stars as Justin Quayle, a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), is killed, he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very dangerous conspiracy. Jeffrey Caine's powerful screenplay alternates between flashbacks of Justin and Tessa's relationship and Justin's hunt for the truth, which makes him a target--although he doesn't know who is after him. Fine support is offered by Danny Huston as his close friend and confidant, Sandy; Bill Nighy as shady British official Sir Bernard Pellegrin; and Hubert Koundé as Arnold Bluhm, an African doctor who might have been a little too friendly with Tessa. Meirelles's pacing is outstanding, switching effortlessly between political intrigue, action adventure, and love story. And Fiennes and Weisz give strong performances playing complex characters that will continually surprise the audience. THE CONSTANT GARDENER is a thrilling tale from start to finish.
Movieline's Hollywood Life "THE CONSTANT GARDENER, a thriller with something on its mind, confirms the talents of Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles..." 07/01/2005 p.99-100
Premiere "[T]he ever-extraordinary Fiennes is the most quietly outstanding of the lot, miraculously showing us how his character literally ages with grief." 09/01/2005 p.55,"Movies that try to juggle a message of political or social significance with a love story often can't manage either, so the makers of this thriller deserve extra plaudits for their tender and intelligent handling of both." 03/01/2006 p.111
Entertainment Weekly "[Meirelles] brightens the author's wide, dark field with rich color....The movie is smart, serious, and adult about something that matters..." 09/02/2005 p.58
Rolling Stone "Meirelles emerges with one of the year's best and most provocative movies. Long after it's over, you still feel its sting." 08/25/2005 p.112
New York Times "[U]nusually satisfying....Mr. Meirelle's film actually bothers to say something about global politics....This is a supremely well-executed piece of popular entertainment that is likely to linger in your mind and may even trouble your conscience." 08/31/2005 p.E1-E7
USA Today "THE CONSTANT GARDENER is a masterwork of suspense, romance and political intrigue. It is a taut and gripping thriller that dazzles the eyes and engages the brain in a way that few recent films have come close to approaching." 07/08/2005 p.6E
Sight and Sound "THE CONSTANT GARDENER is as much an incisive post-mortem of a relationship as it is a politically charged procedural." 10/01/2005 p.50-51
Uncut Ranked #17 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "[T]his is an engrossing, intelligent film." 01/01/2006 p.82-83
Fernando Meirelles
Ralph Fiennes
Rachel Weisz
Cast & Crew
Alberto Iglesias - Original Music By
Cesar Charlone - Cinematographer
Claire Simpson - Editor
Danny Huston - Actor
Fernando Meirelles - Director
Hubert Kounde - Actor
Jeff Abberley, et. al. - Executive Producer
Jeffrey Caine - Screenplay
John le Carre - Based On Novel By
Mark Tildesley - Production Designer
Rachel Weisz - Actor
Ralph Fiennes - Actor
Simon Channing-Williams, et. al. - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 26293
UPC 00025192629327
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 129 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Golden Globe (2006) Fernando Meirelles, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture,Rachel Weisz, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Venice Film Festival (2005) Fernando Meirelles, Nominee, Golden Lion
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review For his follow-up to City of God, Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles has elected to adapt John Le CarrŽ's The Constant Gardener into movie form. A slow-burn thriller simmering with international intrigue, the book would at first seem too long and complex to be crammed into a two-hour motion picture. But Jeffrey Caine's screenplay does a solid job of distilling the essence of the novel into something manageable, and Meirelles' kinetic, in-your-face style lends energy and immediacy to the proceedings.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The Constant Gardener begins with a strong, angry story, and peoples it with actors who let it happen to them, instead of rushing ahead to check off the surprises. It seems solidly grounded in its Kenyan locations; like City of God, it feels organically rooted. Like many Le Carre stories, it begins with grief and proceeds with sadness toward horror. Its closing scenes are as cynical about international politics and commerce as I can imagine. I would like to believe they are an exaggeration, but I fear they are not. This is one of the year's best films.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Deleted Scenes, Extended Scene, Featurettes, English, French, Spanish Subtitled
Rex Reed, The New York Observer A first-rate spy game!
Karen Durbin, Elle A hair-raising thriller with an unforgettable finale.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone One of the year's best movies!
Claudia Puig, USA Today Riveting! A taut and gripping thriller.

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