The English Patient


Release Date: November 15, 1996
Running Time: 162 mins.
MPAA Rating: R
Box Office: $78,651,430.00
Genre: Adaptation, Drama, Period, Romance


Set in North Africa and Italy during the late 1930's and early '40's, "The English Patient" is an epic drama of two haunting love stories that unfolds against a background of international upheaval. Through the prism of war, and of love and friendship, various themes -- of fidelity, adultery, nationality and betrayals -- are dramatized and explored. The story, based on Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel, is told elliptically, through the histories of four characters who find themselves in a ruined monastery in Italy at the end of World War II. Slowly they reveal themselves and, in the process, the true identity of the English patient -- the unknown survivor of a plane sh...

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Ralph Fiennes

Juliette Binoche

Willem Dafoe

Kristin Scott Thomas

Naveen Andrews

Colin Firth

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