The English Patient


2h 42m 1996
The English Patient

Brief Synopsis

A man dying from third-degree burns remembers a tragic wartime romance.

Film Details

Also Known As
Den engelske patienten, Der englische Patient, El Paciente Ingles, English Patient, Le patient anglais, Paciente Ingles, englische Patient, El, patient anglais
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Historical
War
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Air Studios, London; Angel Studios; Angels the Costumiers; Cinecitta Studios; Cinema Completions International, Inc.; Deborah Ross Film Design; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Jim Henson's Creature Shop; MIRAMAX; Miramax International; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; PathT International; Pathe Image; Skylab; The Saul Zaentz Film Center; Truman Van Dyke Company
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/MIRAMAX; Alliance Releasing; Alliance Releasing; Bontonfilm; Cecchi Gori Pictures; Clmc Multimedia Sa; Egmont; Finnkino Oy; Forum Film Ltd.; Gaumont Buena Vista International; Intercontinental Film Distributors (Hong Kong); Italia Films; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Lauren Films; MIRAMAX; Miramax Home Entertainment; Nordisk Film; RCV Distribution; Rialto Films; Shaw Organization; Shochiku Company, Ltd.; Shochiku-Fuji Company Ltd; Skifan Hf; Spentzos Films; Ster-Kinekor; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Village Roadshow Limited; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
Tunisia; Cinecitta Studios, Rome, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 42m

Synopsis

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 shot down over the Sahara who lies dying in the monastery -- is made clear. Passion fires these stories, whether it is the raw passion between lovers, or the compulsive passion which drives men to explore remote and inhospitable regions, or to pursue across time and countries those they think have wronged them.

Crew

Vincent Abbott

Animatronics Design (Jim Henson'S Creature Shop)

Franco Actis

Pilot ("Clifton'S" Stearman (Aerial Unit))

Remi Adefarasin

Director Of Photography (2nd Unit)

Remi Adefarasin

Dp/Cinematographer

Steve Andrews

1st Assistant Director

Steve Andrews

Associate Producer

Marion Appleton

Artwork (Jim Henson'S Creature Shop)

Sergio Arban

Other

Gianni Arduini

1st Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Harold Arlen

Words And Music ("It'S Only A Paper Moon")

Fred Astaire

Song Performer ("Check To Check")

Jim Austin

Other

Michael Axinn

Apprentice Sound Editor

Abdelijjabar Ayadi

Location Manager (Tunisian Crew)

Giampaolo Bagala

Grip (2nd Unit)

Richard Bain

Visual Effects Designer (Digital Film - London)

Fausto Baldinelli

Effects Crew

Franco Ballati

Unit Production Manager

Donald Banks

Boom Operator

Duncan Barbour

Other

Count Basie

Music ("One O'Clock Jump")

Amel Becharnia

Production Coordinator (Tunisian Crew)

Adelaziz Belgaied

Electrician (Tunisian Crew)

Romano Bellucci

Construction Manager

David Bergad

Assistant Dialogue Editor

Mohamed Bergaoui

Props Master (Tunisian Crew)

Mark Berger

Re-Recording Mixer

Irving Berlin

Words And Music ("Check To Check" (Irving Berlin Music Company))

Marco Besagni

Helicopter Pilot (Aerial Unit)

Meriem Beschaouch

Assistant Director (Tunisian Crew)

Brian Bishop

Scenic Artist

Doug Bishop

Scenic Artist

Jamel Bizid

Assistant Props (Tunisian Crew)

Edie Bleiman

Post-Production Supervisor & 1st Assistant Avid Editor

Alfredo Bocci

Set Costumer (2nd Unit)

Sara Bolder

Dialogue Editor

Nigel Booth

"English Patient" Prosthetic Makeup (Jim Henson'S Creature Shop)

Andrea Borella

Transportation Manager

Giusi Bovino

Chief Hair Stylist

Deirdre Bowen

Canadian Casting

Phil Bray

Still Photographer

Terry Bridle

Other

Sam Broadbent

Other

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutter

John Bush

Assistant Set Decorator

Henry Busse

Music ("Wang Wang Blues")

Loren Byer

Other

Daniele Cafolla

Electrician

Frank Canonica

Other

Cristina Capone

Camera Loader/Video Playback (2nd Unit)

Annette Carducci

Location Manager

Vincenzo Carpineta

Other

Vince Casper

Other

Karen Cassie

Production Supervisor (Jim Henson'S Creature Shop)

Dino Castelli

Production Assistant (Trieste)

Giorgio Catalano

Payroll Accountant

Aziz Ben Chaabane

Production Assistant (Tunisian Crew)

Mustapha Ben Chaabane

Make-Up & Hair Assistant (Tunisian Crew)

Amanda Chan

Other

Mounira Chebbah

Other

Bruce Cheeseman

Props (2nd Unit)

Ian Chisholm

Other

Carolyn Choa

Choreographer

Riadh Chouanine

Other

Frazer Churchill

Visual Effects Designer (Digital Film - London)

Francesca Cingolani

Production Coordinator (Rome)

Steve Clark

Other

Steven Clark

Other

Mel Coleman

Other

Kyrsten Mate Comoglio

Assistant Film Editor

Irving Conn

Words And Music ("Yes! We Have No Bananas")

John Constable

Piano Soloist (Academy Of St Martin In The Fields)

Louise Constad

Juliette Binoche & Kristin Scott Thomas Makeup

Rosmary Conte

1st Assistant Film Editor

Richard Conway

Special Effects Supervisor

Sam Conway

Effects Crew

Stuart Craig

Production Designer

Aurelio Crugnola

Art Director & Set Decorator

Giulia Chiara Crugnola

Other

Karoly Cserepes

Music Arranger ("Szerelem Szerelem")

Sean Cullen

Apprentice Editor

Luciano Curti

Other

Stefania D'amario

Art Department Assistant

Tobin Delaca Davis

Assistant Dialogue Editor

Christina De'rossi

Assistant Location Manager

Roberto Deangelis

2nd Camera Assistant

Elisabetta Deleonardis

Hairdresser

Fabiomassimo Dell'orco

Location Manager

Roberto Denigris

1st Camera Assistant

Giuseppe Desiato

Makeup Artist

Massimiliano Dessena

Grip

Alberto Destefani

Accountant (2nd Unit)

Mahmoud Ben Dhifallah

Transportation Manager (Tunisian Crew)

Adriano Dilorenzo

Sound Assistant

Gabriella Disanto

Production Coordinator (2nd Unit)

Maurizio Distefano

Electrician

Brendan Donnison

Loop Group Voice Casting

Adam Dornbusch

Sound Department Intern

Jim Dowdall

Stunt Supervisor

Dianne Dreyer

Script Supervisor

Fredrica Drotos

Us Production Office

Richard Duarte

Foley Mixer

Al Dubin

Other

Chris Edmond

Other

Nancy Eichler

Assistant (To Saul Zaentz)

Hamid Elleuch

Unit Manager (Tunisian Crew)

David Eltham

Senior Effects Supervisor

Antonello Emidi

Camera Loader

Lorenzo Errico

Assistant Location Manager

Sarah Ewing

Assistant (To Anthony Minghella)

Sergio Faina

Grip

Daniel Farrell

1st Assistant Film Editor

Malcolm Fife

Foley Editor

Maria Fiorito

Production Accountant

Ella Fitzgerald

Song Performer ("Check To Check")

Mo Flam

Gaffer

Grant Foerster

Other

Barry Folwer

Other

Steve Fontano

Assistant Foley Mixer

Marie Fraser

Foam Department (Jim Henson'S Creature Shop)

Brenda Fuller

Nursing Consultant

Franco Fumagalli

Assistant Art Director

Slim Gaillard

Words And Music ("Flat Foot Floogee")

Giorgio Gallani

Location Manager

Aldo Gasparri

Other

Gabriella Generosi

Seamstress

Adrian Getley

Foam Department (Jim Henson'S Creature Shop)

Anna Geyer

Other

Mohamed Gharbi

Electrician (Tunisian Crew)

Aura Gilge

Assistant Sound Effects Editor

Andrea Girolami

Assistant Director

Giancarlo Giunchi

Helicopter Pilot (Aerial Unit)

Judith Goodman

Production Coordinator (Rome/Viareggio)

Robert Grahamjones

Assistant Film Editor

Keith Grant

Recording Engineer

Bud Green

Words And Music ("Flat Foot Floogee")

Hannah Green

Research

Scott Greenstein

Executive Producer

Steve Griffin

Stunt Man

Rachel Griffiths

Script Supervisor (2nd Unit)

Michelle Guish

Casting

Scott Guitteau

Assistant Film Editor

Andrew Hall

Computer Generated Designer (Digital Film - London)

Tamzine Hanks

Other

E. Y. Harburg

Words And Music ("It'S Only A Paper Moon")

Holly Hardin

Assistant Production Coordinator

Lorenz Hart

Other

Lorenz Hart

Words And Music ("Where Or When")

Ronnie Hazelhurst

Conductor And Arranger (Shepheard'S Hotel Jazz Orchestra)

Bernard Hearn

Standby Props

Paul Heasman

Stunt Man

Amel Helali

Wardrobe Assistant (Tunisian Crew)

Graham High

Sculptor (Jim Henson'S Creature Shop)

Major Arthur Hogben

Demolitions Consultant

Matthew Holben

Facilities Producer (Digital Film - London)

Jeremy Hunt

Sculptor (Jim Henson'S Creature Shop)

Maurizio Iacopelli

Dressing Props

Pat Jackson

Associate Editor

Pat Jackson

Supervising Sound Editor

Taieb Jallouli

Assistant Art Director (Tunisian Crew)

Terry James

Other

Johnson

Music ("Wang Wang Blues")

Gary Jones

Co-Costume Designer

Val Jones

Hair Design (Jim Henson'S Creature Shop)

Louisa Jordan

Other

Mokhtar Joulak

Location Manager (Tunisian Crew)

Rick Kahn

Other

Lynn Kamern

Unit Production Manager

Moez Kamoun

Assistant Director

Mouez Kamoun

Assistant Director (Tunisian Crew)

Larry Kaplan

Unit Publicist

Stephen Kearney

Assistant Sound Effects Editor

Dave Kelly

Other

Michael Kelly

Other

Risa Kes

German Casting

Lassad Ben Khelifa

Grip (Tunisian Crew)

Vernice Klier

Dialogue Coach (Juliette Binoche)

Moslah Kraiem

Assistant Director (Tunisian Crew)

Lilia Lakhoua

Wardrobe Assistant (Tunisian Crew)

Neil Lamont

Assistant Art Director

Mario Lamoratta

Generator Operator

Robin Lee

Assistant Film Editor

Andy Lees

Foam Department (Jim Henson'S Creature Shop)

Iris H. Lemos

Key Costumer

Mark Levinson

Adr Supervisor

Scott Levitin

Other

Rob Lloyd

Us Production Office

Maurizio Lorenzetti

Camera Loader

Dennis Lowe

Visual Effects Supervisor (Digital Film - London)

Luciano Magagnini

Dressing Props

Roberto Magagnini

Standby Props

Salvatore Magnisi

Accounting Assistant

Gianpaolo Majorana

Grip

Donna Maloney

Key Costumer

Antonio Maltempo

Makeup Artist

Giancarlo Mancini

Other

Julian Mann

Computer Generated Designer (Digital Film - London)

Stefano Marino

Best Boy

Kamel Marmouche

Wardrobe Assistant (Tunisian Crew)

Andrea Marrari

2nd Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Film Details

Also Known As
Den engelske patienten, Der englische Patient, El Paciente Ingles, English Patient, Le patient anglais, Paciente Ingles, englische Patient, El, patient anglais
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Historical
War
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Air Studios, London; Angel Studios; Angels the Costumiers; Cinecitta Studios; Cinema Completions International, Inc.; Deborah Ross Film Design; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Jim Henson's Creature Shop; MIRAMAX; Miramax International; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; PathT International; Pathe Image; Skylab; The Saul Zaentz Film Center; Truman Van Dyke Company
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/MIRAMAX; Alliance Releasing; Alliance Releasing; Bontonfilm; Cecchi Gori Pictures; Clmc Multimedia Sa; Egmont; Finnkino Oy; Forum Film Ltd.; Gaumont Buena Vista International; Intercontinental Film Distributors (Hong Kong); Italia Films; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Lauren Films; MIRAMAX; Miramax Home Entertainment; Nordisk Film; RCV Distribution; Rialto Films; Shaw Organization; Shochiku Company, Ltd.; Shochiku-Fuji Company Ltd; Skifan Hf; Spentzos Films; Ster-Kinekor; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Village Roadshow Limited; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
Tunisia; Cinecitta Studios, Rome, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 42m

Award Wins

Best Art Direction

1996
Stuart Craig

Best Cinematography

1996

Best Costume Design

1996
Ann Roth

Best Director

1996
Anthony Minghella

Best Film Editing

1996
Walter Murch

Best Original Score

1996

Best Picture

1996

Best Sound

1996
Walter Murch

Best Supporting Actress

1996
Juliette Binoche

Award Nominations

Best Actor

1996
Ralph Fiennes

Best Actress

1996
Kristin Scott Thomas

Best Adapted Screenplay

1996

Articles

The English Patient -


The English Patient (1996) starring Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, and Colin Firth is the story of Count Almásy, a Hungarian map maker who charts the Sahara Desert for the Royal Geographical Society in the years preceding World War II. While dying from burns suffered in a plane crash at the end of the war, Almásy (Fiennes) recounts his life, including his love for the married Katharine Clifton (Scott Thomas) to his attending nurse, Hana (Binoche).

Produced by Tiger Moth Productions with a $31 million budget, and distributed through Miramax Films, The English Patient is based on Michael Ondaatje's 1992 Booker Prize-winning novel, with a screenplay by director Anthony Minghella. Minghella had enjoyed Ondaatje's other books and was overwhelmed by The English Patient. He immediately got producer Saul Zaentz on the phone, and then, Minghella later said, "I collided with my stupidity." Minghella realized that the novel was very fragmented and would be difficult to film. "[I]ts gifts, in a way, are very elusive and are very much connected with the beauty of language which is probably the thing that the film is least good in conveying."

In order to help create clarity, author Ondaatje worked on rewrites of the script during filming. There were many things that Minghella wanted to keep in the final version, but it was already long, and - Minghella and Ondaatje reasoned - most of the people who would come to see the film would not have read The English Patient and might become confused.

Kristin Scott Thomas read the novel over and over while she was filming An Unforgettable Summer (1994) in Romania. "I was totally enamored of it and just convinced it should be a movie, although I had no idea whatsoever how it could be done. But most of all, I was convinced I must play Katharine and absolutely certain that everyone else should immediately recognize that, too." When she learned that Anthony Mingella had already written a script, she was disappointed to learn that she was not the first choice for the role of Katharine, but she campaigned hard and won.

Filming locations for The English Patient included North Africa and various spots in Italy, including Tuscany, Rome, and Venice, where the Hôtel des Bains on the Lido stood in for the legendary Shepheard's Hotel of Cairo, which was destroyed by a fire in 1952.

When she finally saw the film, Kristin Scott Thomas was delighted with how she looked. "I totally forgot that it had taken five makeup people and who knows what kind of lighting to create that kind of illusion." The critics were taken with Scott Thomas and the film, but stopped short of calling it a masterpiece. David Denby wrote in New York Magazine that it was "grand, ambitious, and high-minded. Is it a great film? It's impossible, I think, not to have mixed feelings. [...] A remarkable, not-quite-great film." Roger Ebert called it a film "you can see twice - first for the questions, the second time for the answers."

The English Patient earned a whopping twelve nominations, but when the awards were handed out, it was not Ralph Fiennes or Kristin Scott Thomas, or Mingella's screenplay who earned the trophy. The English Patient grabbed Best Picture, Director, Best Supporting Actress for Juliette Binoche, Best Cinematography for John Seale, Best Art Direction - Set Direction for Stuart Craig and Stephenie McMillan, Best Costume Design for Ann Roth, Best Sound for Walter Murch and his crew, Best Film Editing for Murch, and Best Music, Original Dramatic Score for Gabriel Yared. The film also picked up BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and many other awards.

SOURCES:

Baldassarre , Angela The Great Dictators: Interviews with Filmmakers of Italian Descent
Denby, David "Burning Love" New York Magazine 25 Nov 96
Ebert, Roger Roger Ebert's Four Star Reviews 1967-2007
The Internet Movie Database
Lawson, Terry "Winning the War on Dignity, Kristin Scott Thomas Loses Rigid Image in The English Patient" The Argue-Press 11 Dec 96

By Lorraine LoBianco
The English Patient -

The English Patient -

The English Patient (1996) starring Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, and Colin Firth is the story of Count Almásy, a Hungarian map maker who charts the Sahara Desert for the Royal Geographical Society in the years preceding World War II. While dying from burns suffered in a plane crash at the end of the war, Almásy (Fiennes) recounts his life, including his love for the married Katharine Clifton (Scott Thomas) to his attending nurse, Hana (Binoche). Produced by Tiger Moth Productions with a $31 million budget, and distributed through Miramax Films, The English Patient is based on Michael Ondaatje's 1992 Booker Prize-winning novel, with a screenplay by director Anthony Minghella. Minghella had enjoyed Ondaatje's other books and was overwhelmed by The English Patient. He immediately got producer Saul Zaentz on the phone, and then, Minghella later said, "I collided with my stupidity." Minghella realized that the novel was very fragmented and would be difficult to film. "[I]ts gifts, in a way, are very elusive and are very much connected with the beauty of language which is probably the thing that the film is least good in conveying." In order to help create clarity, author Ondaatje worked on rewrites of the script during filming. There were many things that Minghella wanted to keep in the final version, but it was already long, and - Minghella and Ondaatje reasoned - most of the people who would come to see the film would not have read The English Patient and might become confused. Kristin Scott Thomas read the novel over and over while she was filming An Unforgettable Summer (1994) in Romania. "I was totally enamored of it and just convinced it should be a movie, although I had no idea whatsoever how it could be done. But most of all, I was convinced I must play Katharine and absolutely certain that everyone else should immediately recognize that, too." When she learned that Anthony Mingella had already written a script, she was disappointed to learn that she was not the first choice for the role of Katharine, but she campaigned hard and won. Filming locations for The English Patient included North Africa and various spots in Italy, including Tuscany, Rome, and Venice, where the Hôtel des Bains on the Lido stood in for the legendary Shepheard's Hotel of Cairo, which was destroyed by a fire in 1952. When she finally saw the film, Kristin Scott Thomas was delighted with how she looked. "I totally forgot that it had taken five makeup people and who knows what kind of lighting to create that kind of illusion." The critics were taken with Scott Thomas and the film, but stopped short of calling it a masterpiece. David Denby wrote in New York Magazine that it was "grand, ambitious, and high-minded. Is it a great film? It's impossible, I think, not to have mixed feelings. [...] A remarkable, not-quite-great film." Roger Ebert called it a film "you can see twice - first for the questions, the second time for the answers." The English Patient earned a whopping twelve nominations, but when the awards were handed out, it was not Ralph Fiennes or Kristin Scott Thomas, or Mingella's screenplay who earned the trophy. The English Patient grabbed Best Picture, Director, Best Supporting Actress for Juliette Binoche, Best Cinematography for John Seale, Best Art Direction - Set Direction for Stuart Craig and Stephenie McMillan, Best Costume Design for Ann Roth, Best Sound for Walter Murch and his crew, Best Film Editing for Murch, and Best Music, Original Dramatic Score for Gabriel Yared. The film also picked up BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and many other awards. SOURCES: Baldassarre , Angela The Great Dictators: Interviews with Filmmakers of Italian Descent Denby, David "Burning Love" New York Magazine 25 Nov 96 Ebert, Roger Roger Ebert's Four Star Reviews 1967-2007 The Internet Movie Database Lawson, Terry "Winning the War on Dignity, Kristin Scott Thomas Loses Rigid Image in The English Patient" The Argue-Press 11 Dec 96 By Lorraine LoBianco

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Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the 1997 Cesar Award for Best Foreign Film.

Winner of European Actress of the Year (Juliette Binoche) and European Cinematographer of the Year (John Seal) at the 1997 European Film Awards.

Winner of the Silver Bear Award for Best Actress (Juliette Binoche) at the 1997 Berlin International Film Festival.

Winner of the Silver Bear for best actress to Juliette Binoche at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival.

Co-stars Juliette Binoche and Kristin Scott Thomas tied for the 1996 award for Best Supporting Actress from the National Board of Review for "The English Patient" (USA/1996).

John Seale was co-winner, along with Chris Menges for "Michael Collins" (United States/United Kingdom/1996), of the 1996 award for Best Cinematography from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

John Seale won in the feature film category of the Outstanding Achievement Awards (1996) sponsored by the American Society of Cinematographers.

Winner of the 1996 awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Released in United States Fall November 15, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 22, 1996

Wide Release in United States November 27, 1996

Released in United States on Video September 23, 1997

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States February 1997

Released in United States August 1997

Released in United States 1998

Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles February 29 - March 8, 1996.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 13-24, 1997.

Shown at Brisbane International Film Festival in Australia August 1-11, 1997.

Shown at Cinequest 1998: The San Jose Film Festival January 29 - February 4, 1998.

John Seale received the 1996 award for Best Cinematography from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Walter Murch received the 1996 Eddie Award from the American Cinema Editors (ACE).

Anthony Minghella received the 1996 award for outstanding directorial achievement from the Directors Guild of America.

Saul Zaentz received the 1996 Golden Laurel Award for theatrical motion picture producer of the year from the Producers Guild of America. Zaentz also received the guild's new Eastman Kodak Vision Award, given to a producer for with "special cinematic vision."

Began shooting September 4, 1995.

Completed shooting January 31, 1996.

Expanded wide release in USA February 7, 1997.

Expanded wide release in USA December 6, 1996.

Expanded wide release in USA February 21, 1997.

Expanded wide release in USA December 13, 1996.

Expanded wide release in USA February 14, 1997.

Released in United States Fall November 15, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 22, 1996

Wide Release in United States November 27, 1996

Released in United States on Video September 23, 1997

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles February 29 - March 8, 1996.)

Released in United States February 1997 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 13-24, 1997.)

Released in United States August 1997 (Shown at Brisbane International Film Festival in Australia August 1-11, 1997.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Cinequest 1998: The San Jose Film Festival January 29 - February 4, 1998.)

Nominated for 1997 European Actress of the Year (Juliette Binoche) and European Cinematographer of the Year (John Seal) by the European Film Academy (EFA).