The English Patient (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War

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At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.


  • Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient (1996)
  • Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient (1996)
  • Juliette Binoche in The English Patient (1996)
  • Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient (1996)
  • Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient (1996)

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The two biplanes used by the cartographers were original 1930s aircraft designs, the yellow one an American Stearman Model 75; the silver one a British De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth. Of the two, the Stearman is unlikely to have been in the possession... ...


Almásy: Let me tell you about winds. There is a, a whirlwind from southern Morrocco, the aajej, against which the fellahin defend themselves with knives. And there is the... the ghibli, from Tunis...
Katharine Clifton: The "ghibli"?
Almásy: ...
Katharine Clifton: Fiction! We have a house on that coast ...


In the scene where Caravaggio is being interrogated by the Germans and they get the Egyptian nurse in to the room and force her to cut off Caravaggio's fingers, one of the German officers asks his senior officer in German " What about the Geneva convention?" The convention of course came about as a direct result of the second world war and was published in 1949, this scene takes place during the war, several years earlier so the Geneva convention didn't exist then.

Crazy Credits

Disclaimer in end credits: "While a number of the characters who appear in this film are based on historical figures, and while many of the areas described - such as the Cave of Swimmers and its surrounding desert - exist and were explored in the 1930s, it is important to stress that this story is a fiction and that the portraits of the characters who appear in it are fictional, as are some of the events and journeys."


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Drama | Romance | War


Release Date:

6 December 1996


English, German, Italian, Arabic

Country of Origin


Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$278,439 (USA) (15 November 1996)


$78,651,430 (USA) (5 September 1997)

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