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The English Patient

The English Patient (1996)

November. 14,1996
| Drama Romance War

In the 1930s, Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of love, betrayal, and politics.


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One of my top 5 of all time. Fantastic story. Great acting. Sensual passion. Beautiful costumes. Just love everything about this movie.


I am not sure what made this picture click. Its so slow and there is pretty much nothing - no acting, no screenplay. I guess i belong to a minority who considers this movie a waste of mind boggling 3 hours. There is nothing in this story. A badly burnt guy telling about his love interest whom he left in a cave. Oh my god!!! The random nurse and what is the point of the sikh sapper angle??


Found this film in the $5 video bin. I plan to throw the DVD away when it's done...YAWN...Yes the film is still on...Cuckolded Husband is comforting his recently unfaithful wife...Husband had been out playing Santa to kids etc. while she and the Count did the deed. Some beautiful settings...in what I have seen so far.The film has some beautiful cinematography. And a moody score which well captures the sadness of the dying Count..There are..a few touching moments...like when the nurse's friend is killed when her car is blown up. This nurse earlier heard from a dying patient...that her man has just died in combat.But the s...l...o...w progression of the 2 story lines alternates between the life of the healthy Count in pre war and..the slowly dying Count in.the late war..means (long d..r..u..m..r..o..l..l...). ............I nominate this film for "most likely to put most viewers to sleep" award.What are the two story lines?...The Count (the Patient) before his wartime accident..is slowly getting involved with a married woman.And in late WW2 the physically mutilated count gets his post accident care by the nurse..A few other characters interact with her and her dying patient...the count. Usually soft draggy dialogue by mildly distressed or amused characters.....It goes on.I cheated and read online summary during the film...as the film was losing me.Back and forth the story alternates.slowly...with a few small bits of war and violence.,In One scene...the Count and the married woman are preparing to sleep together...again...as Silent Night is sung in the background. That's creepy.Too much mood...too few tempo changes. Even in the war scenes (with just a few exceptions) the characters speak in s..l..o..w dialogue... Just saw the ending...an hour too late.....Dreary adultery...and musings of sad or depressed people. Yawn...


Late-WW2, Allied-occupied Italy. A nurse at a field hospital is tending to a badly burned English pilot. He has no identification so is referred to as "The English Patient". Slowly she starts to piece together his background, including a passionate yet doomed romance with a married woman.9 Oscar wins, including Best Picture. You have got to be kidding! I really don't know what all the fuss was about, as the movie is pretty dull. Empty, style over substance and pretty much schmaltz for schmaltz sake. One of the worst Best Picture Oscar winners.It wasn't like it was such a bad movie year - you had Fargo, Jerry Maguire, Sling Blade, Trainspotting, The People vs Larry Flynt, all of which are infinitely better than this.