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Constant Gardener (Full Frame) (2005) - Oscar® Winner!

Director: Fernando Meirelles     Starring: Ralph Fiennes Rachel Weisz
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Sku: 202086218
UPC: 025192629327
UPC 14: 00025192629327
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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).

"A first-rate spy game!  Rex Reed, The New York Observer
"A hair-raising thriller with an unforgettable finale.  Karen Durbin, Elle
"One of the year's best movies!  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Riveting! A taut and gripping thriller.  Claudia Puig, USA Today

Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Deleted Scenes, Extended Scene, Featurettes, English, French, Spanish Subtitled

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/23/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 129 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 26293
Video UPC UPC: 00025192629327
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Danny Huston
Video Cast Info Hubert Kounde
Video Cast Info Rachel Weisz
Video Cast Info Ralph Fiennes
Video Cast Info Alberto Iglesias - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Cesar Charlone - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Claire Simpson - Editor
Video Cast Info Fernando Meirelles - Director
Video Cast Info Jeff Abberley, et. al. - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Caine - Screenplay
Video Cast Info John le Carre - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Mark Tildesley - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Simon Channing-Williams, et. al. - Producer

Awards


Golden Globe (2006)
   Video Award Name Fernando Meirelles, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Rachel Weisz, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Venice Film Festival (2005)
   Video Award Name Fernando Meirelles, Nominee, Golden Lion

Professional Reviews

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

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

Premiere
"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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

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