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The Quiet American
(2002)
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2002 Promotional
2003 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Arranged, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Vocals Performed by:
Hong Nhung
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Promotional
(December, 2002)

Varèse Sarabande
(March 4th, 2003)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The promotional release was a Miramax production meant for Academy members. The score was originally to be released commercially by Varèse Sarabande on December 24th, 2002, but the label cancelled the album and then rescheduled it for March 4th, 2003.
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Buy it... if you enjoyed the crossover style of Craig Armstrong's score for The Bone Collector, for The Quiet American is largely an ethnic extension of that same sound.

Avoid it... if the merging of ethnic vocals and percussion, Western orchestral melodies, and modern electronic rhythms is simply too incongruous to fit the historical plot of this film for you.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #431
WRITTEN 2/4/03, REVISED 11/20/08
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The Quiet American: (Craig Armstrong) The 2002 remake of the classic bittersweet tale of The Quiet American slipped under the radar, with only Michael Caine's superior lead performance gaining widespread recognition. Set in 1952 Vietnam, this cinematic recreation of the famous novel of the same name conveys the intriguing love triangle between two Western men and a beautiful Vietnamese woman in the surroundings of opium, betrayal, and the French Indochina War. Anyone familiar with the plot of The Quiet American knows that there exists no happy ending, and that stark, melancholy environment carries over to the music for the film. The project teamed composer Craig Armstrong once again with director Phillip Noyce, with whom Armstrong had collaborated to create the chillingly haunting score for The Bone Collector a few years earlier. In an interview, Michael Caine stated that he had told Noyce that he would portray the role of the veteran English journalist in The Quiet American only if Armstrong was hired to write the score for the film. There is no doubt that the composer's career was headed in the right direction in the early 2000's. The former string arranger for Madonna wrote several very strong scores on his own in the years surrounding The Quiet American, nearly sweeping the awards scene in 2001-2002 with his coordination and composition of music for the super-popular Moulin Rouge. Armstrong took the assignment of The Quiet American with vigor, studying over one hundred hours of traditional, native Vietnamese music in order to gain knowledge about the authenticity that would be needed to represent the concept.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 48:02
• 1. The Quiet American (5:57)
• 2. Saigon 1952 (4:54)
• 3. Pyle's Best Friend/Asking for a Divorce (3:22)
• 4. Drive Up Holy Mountain/General The' (3:02)
• 5. Brothers in Arms (3:21)
• 6. Escape from Watchtower/Dreams of Phuong (2:42)
• 7. Death in the Square (3:28)
• 8. Fowler's Temptation (3:29)
• 9. The Quiet American Piano Solo (3:41)
• 10. The Ritual of Revenge (4:44)
• 11. Will You Let My Hair Down? (5:04)
• 12. End Titles - Nothing in This World (Song for Phoung) - performed by Hong Nhung (4:12)

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The promotional album's insert is blank on the inside, with no credits information. The commerical album from Varèse contains standard credits, but no extra information about the score or film.
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