Quiet American, The

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The Quiet American
The Quiet American 2002 Poster.jpg
Theatrial Release Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
USA.jpg USA
GER.jpg Germany
FRA.jpg France
AUS.jpg Australia
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Release Date 2002
Language English
French
Vietnamese
Studio Mirage Enterprises
Saga Pictures
IMF Production
Distributor Miramax Films
Intermedia Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Thomas Fowler Michael Caine
Alden Pyle Brendan Fraser
Phuong Do Thi Hai Yen
Hinh Tzi Ma
Inspector Vigot Rade Serbedzija


The Quiet American is a 2002 co-production screen adaptation of the eponymous novel by Graham Greene. Directed by Phillip Noyce, the feature stars Michael Caine as Thomas Fowler, a British reporter in Saigon in early 1950s, and Brendan Fraser as Alden Pyle, an employee of the American mission.


The following weapons were used in the film The Quiet American:

Contents


Pistols

M1911A1

In the scene in Phat Diem a French officer (Mathias Mlekuz) gives his M1911A1 to Fowler (Michael Caine). General The (Quang Hai) carries what appears to be a 1911 with pearl grips.

World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
A French officer in center and a radio operator at the left carry M1911s in holsters.
The French officer gives a 1911 to Fowler.
Fowler holds the pistol.
The pistol is seen on the table.
The pearl grip of Gen. The's pistol is seen.

Submachine Guns

MAT-49

French soldiers carry MAT-49 SMGs in several scenes. In the scene on the watch tower a Vietnamese soldier holds a MAT-49 until Pyle (Brendan Fraser) disarms him.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
A French officer (Mathias Mlekuz) holds his MAT-49.
French soldiers with MAT-49s.
A Vietnamese soldier holds a MAT-49.
The MAT-49 is in Pyle's hands.
A soldier of the French Foreign Legion with a MAT-49 patrols Saigon street.

Thompson M1928A1

Some of General The's soldiers carry Thompson M1928A1 SMGs.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
The barrel of M1928A1 is seen at the background.

Thompson M1/M1A1

Some of General The's soldiers also carry Thompson M1 or M1A1 SMGs.

M1 Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45 ACP
M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
A soldier with a Thompson M1/M1A1 stops Fowler's car in the entrance of Gen. The's base.
The same soldier with a Thompson is seen in center.
A view from the muzzle.

Rifles

MAS-36

Most French soldiers are armed with MAS-36 rifles. The second Vietnamese soldier in the scene on the watch tower has a MAS-36.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
A French soldier holds a MAS-36.
French soldiers with MAS-36 rifles, a MAT-49 SMG and a Chatellerault M1924/29 light machine gun.
A soldier fires.
A Vietnamese soldier holds a MAS-36.

M1 Garand

M1 Garands are seen in hands of General The's soldiers.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
General The's soldiers with M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines march on the Saigon streets.
A Garand is seen at the right.
Soldiers with Garand rifles guard the entrance of the base.
General The's personal guards with Garands.

M1 Carbine

General The's soldiers also carry M1 Carbines.

M1 Carbine (Post-War) - .30 Carbine
General The's soldiers with M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines march on the Saigon streets.
M1 Carbines are seen in the same scene.
A soldier holds an M1 Carbine.

Machine Guns

Chatellerault M1924/29

French soldiers carry Chatellerault M1924/29 light machine guns.

Chatellerault M1924/29 Light Machine Gun - 7.5x54mm French
One of the soldiers at the left carries a Chatellerault light machine gun.
A soldier holds a Chatellerault machine gun at the left.

Browning Automatic Rifle

What appears to be a Browning Automatic Rifle is briefly seen on a blockpost in General The's base.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle without carry handle - .30-06
A supposed BAR is seen at the far right.

Browning M2HB

Several Browning M2HB heavy machine guns are seen on General The's base. M2HBs are also mounted on French landing craft.

Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - .50 BMG.
A pair of M2HBs are mounted on the superstructure of the landing craft during the operation in Phat Diem.
An M2HB on General The's base.
Another M2HB in the same scene.

Other

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

Some French soldiers carry Mk 2 hand grenades.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" World War II-made High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A soldier carries a grenade on his belt.
A grenade is seen on the belt of a French officer (Mathias Mlekuz).

Unidentified mortar

A mortar is seen on French positions during the operation in Phat Diem. The movie was filmed in Vietnam so Soviet BM-37 Mortar or its Chinese version Type 53 is a possible (though not necessary) guess.

A mortar is seen in digout after a night battle.

Trivia

A pair of 105mm M2A1 howitzers (better known under post-1962 designation M101A1) are seen in General The's base.

M101A1 Howitzer - 105x372mm
M2A1 howitzers on position.



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