Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz • 1958 • United States
Starring Audie Murphy, Michael Redgrave, Claude Dauphin
Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s absorbing adaptation of Graham Greene’s influential novel showcases the director’s gift for crafting literate dialogue and complex characters. Strikingly filmed on location in Saigon, it charts the clash between an enigmatic American economist (Audie Murphy) and a cynical British journalist (a superb Michael Redgrave) as they become both ideological and romantic rivals amid the turbulent politics of 1950s Vietnam. Though Greene was incensed that his anti-imperialist political message was heavily diluted, THE QUIET AMERICAN succeeds as a compelling human drama.