History Literature / TheQuietAmerican

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* OneHeadTaller: A non-romantic variation: there is a scene in the middle of the movie where Fowler walks through a crowded Vietnamese street. Fowler, played by the 6' 3'' Redgrave, is conspicuously head and shoulders above all the local extras used in the shot.
10th Jul '16 9:18:07 PM aishwarya
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* AloneInACrowd: The film ends with a distraught [[spoiler: Fowler]] rejecting [[spoiler: Vigot]]'s offer to drive past the church for solace and instead walking away through the festive crowd, where he is soon lost from view.



** There is a story that Michael Redgrave was discomfited by Murphy's stare and asked Mankiewicz if he could suggest to Murphy to blink more often. Mankiewicz didn't comply.

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** There is a story that During the filming, Michael Redgrave was discomfited by Murphy's stare and asked Mankiewicz if he could suggest to Murphy to blink more often. Mankiewicz didn't comply.
14th Jun '16 5:11:37 AM aishwarya
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* FakeNationality: Phuong (who may or may not be mixed race, it is never made clear) is played by Italian actress Giorgia Moll, and her sister by reputedly Algerian (possibly French) actress Kerima.
** {{Averted}} for the male leads, as Fowler, Payne and Vigot are played by English actor Creator/MichaelRedgrave, American actor Creator/AudieMurphy and French actor Claude Dauphin respectively.
14th Jun '16 5:11:01 AM aishwarya
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* FakeNationality: Phuong (who may or may not be mixed race, it is never made clear) is played by Italian actress Giorgia Moll, and her sister by reputedly Algerian (possibly French) actress Kerima.
** {{Averted}} for the male leads, as Fowler, Payne and Vigot are played by English actor Creator/MichaelRedgrave, American actor Creator/AudieMurphy and French actor Claude Dauphin respectively.



* RaceLift: Phuong (who may or may not be mixed race, it is never made clear) is played by Italian actress Giorgia Moll, and her sister by reputedly Algerian (possibly French) actress Kerima.
** {{Averted}} for the male leads, as Fowler, Payne and Vigot are played by English actor Creator/MichaelRedgrave, American actor Creator/AudieMurphy and French actor Claude Dauphin respectively.
14th Jun '16 4:36:24 AM aishwarya
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[[caption-width-right:350:The 1958 version]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The 1958 version]]adaptation]]



[[caption-width-right:350:The 2002 version]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The 2002 version]]adaptation]]



* ManlyTears: After Phuong leaves him for Pyle, Fowler breaks down and cries in a wash room.



* ThousandYardStare: Audie Murphy gives Pyle a fixed, unblinking stare.

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* ThousandYardStare: Audie Murphy gives plays the character of Pyle with a fixed, unblinking stare.
14th Jun '16 4:30:37 AM aishwarya
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Pyle is a genuine aid worker and is not involved in supplying plastics for bomb manufacturing.
** Fowler does not have an opium addiction, unlike in the novel.



* HeroicBSOD: Fowler falls into this mode from the moment Phuong leaves him, and it only gets worse and worse. Michael Redgrave portrays the growing lifelessness in Fowler's eyes to perfection.




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** {{Averted}} for the male leads, as Fowler, Payne and Vigot are played by English actor Creator/MichaelRedgrave, American actor Creator/AudieMurphy and French actor Claude Dauphin respectively.
* ThousandYardStare: Audie Murphy gives Pyle a fixed, unblinking stare.
** There is a story that Michael Redgrave was discomfited by Murphy's stare and asked Mankiewicz if he could suggest to Murphy to blink more often. Mankiewicz didn't comply.
14th Jun '16 4:15:53 AM aishwarya
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* PyrrhicVictory: Fowler at the end.

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* PyrrhicVictory: Fowler [[spoiler: Fowler]] at the end.
* RaceLift: Phuong (who may or may not be mixed race, it is never made clear) is played by Italian actress Giorgia Moll, and her sister by reputedly Algerian (possibly French) actress Kerima.
14th Jun '16 4:10:51 AM aishwarya
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[[caption-width-right:350:The 2002 version]]
14th Jun '16 4:08:16 AM aishwarya
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/QUIET_Poster.jpg]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The 1958 version]]
14th Jun '16 4:01:22 AM aishwarya
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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Fowler]] gets away with conspiring to murder, and even gets [[spoiler: Phuong]] back, but he has his own [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone conscience to deal with at the end]].



* LoveTriangle: Fowler, Pyle and Phuong.

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* LoveTriangle: Fowler, Pyle and Phuong.Phung.



!!Examples specific to the film adaptations:

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!!Examples specific to the 1958 film adaptations:
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* DidNotGetTheGirl: Contrary to the original novel and the 2002 film adaptation, [[spoiler: Fowler]] does ''not'' get Phuong at the end.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: This adaptation completely changed the message of the story, assuming that [[spoiler:Pyle]] couldn't possibly be a {{Villain}} since a) he was American and b) he had good intentions. It may actually have been a deliberate TakeThat to Graham Greene: Edward Lansdale, who might have been the inspiration for Pyle, was involved in the script.
* KarmaHoudini: {{Averted}} in this adaptation. [[spoiler: Fowler]]'s path to happiness might be clear [[spoiler: after Pyle's death]], but [[spoiler: Phuong]] won't come back to him and he is left wishing there was someone to whom he could say sorry.
* PyrrhicVictory: Fowler at the end.

!!Examples specific to the 2002 film adaptation:



* TheFilmOfTheBook:
** The first film adaptation completely changed the message of the story, assuming that [[spoiler:Pyle]] couldn't possibly be a {{Villain}} since a) he was American and b) he had good intentions. It may actually have been a deliberate TakeThat to Graham Greene: Edward Lansdale, who might have been the inspiration for Pyle, was involved in the script.
** The second adaptation was much closer to the original. If anything, it goes the complete other direction; [[spoiler:amongst other things, it adds a scene where Pyle's Vietnamese allies massacre villagers ForTheEvulz and changes Pyle's character to make him rather less sympathetic.]]
* IronicEcho: Pyle is ostensibly in Vietnam to cure and prevent trachoma, an illness which causes blindness. The final image in the film is of an American soldier in Vietnam blinded after battle.

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* TheFilmOfTheBook:
** The first film adaptation completely changed the message of the story, assuming that [[spoiler:Pyle]] couldn't possibly be a {{Villain}} since a) he was American and b) he had good intentions. It may actually have been a deliberate TakeThat to Graham Greene: Edward Lansdale, who might have been the inspiration for Pyle, was involved in the script.
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TheFilmOfTheBook: This second adaptation was much closer to the original. If anything, it goes the complete other direction; direction to the 1958 film; [[spoiler:amongst other things, it adds a scene where Pyle's Vietnamese allies massacre villagers ForTheEvulz and changes Pyle's character to make him rather less sympathetic.]]
* IronicEcho: Pyle is ostensibly in Vietnam to cure and prevent trachoma, an illness which causes blindness. The final image in the film is of an American soldier in Vietnam blinded after battle.
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* IronicEcho: Pyle is ostensibly in Vietnam to cure and prevent trachoma, an illness which causes blindness. The final image in the film is of an American soldier in Vietnam blinded after battle.
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