The Quiet American

Continuity mistake: When Fowler tells Phuong that Pyle is dead she is leaning back in a chair. First her long hair is hanging down in front, then it moves to the back between shots. (00:06:50)


Continuity mistake: When Pyle comes to Fowler's place on the night of his assassination his dog leaves a footprint in the uncured concrete in the hallway where some tiling work hasn't been finished yet. In close-up the line of tiles at the border has a step that wasn't there before. (01:12:45)


Continuity mistake: When Pyle and Fowler talk about the sound difference of a backfiring car and a grenade Pyle's jacket is hanging over his right sholder, held by one finger. When the camera angle changes it's hanging over his left arm. (00:09:30)

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Trivia: The officer speaking French is true to historical facts: it was mainly the French Foreign Legion fighting in Indochina at the time. However, the troops were predominantly of German origin (ex Wehrmacht and SS soldiers) and there is no detectable German accent in their French. True, this could be a fully French unit, thus no mistake. In live movies and interviews from the time, German accents in French are common.


Hinh: Sooner or later, Mr. Fowler, one has to take sides, if one is to remain human.

Thomas Fowler: I have never thought of myself as a correspondent, just a reporter. I offer no point of view, I take no action, I don't get involved. I just report what I see.
Alden Pyle: But you must have an opinion.
Thomas Fowler: Even an opinion is a form of action.

Thomas Fowler: If I lost her, for me, it would be the beginning of death.

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