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The Constant Gardener (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Ralph Fiennes , Rachel Weisz , Fernando Meirelles  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite
  • Directors: Fernando Meirelles
  • Writers: Jeffrey Caine
  • Producers: Simon Channing Williams
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C65Z1G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Constant Gardener (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scene: Haruma - Play in Kibera
  • Embracing Africa: Filming in Kenya
  • John Le Carre: From Page to the Screen
  • Anatomy of a Global Thriller: Behind the Scenes of The Constant Gardener

  • Editorial Reviews

    Nominated for four Academy Awards, The Constant Gardener stars Ralph Fiennes and Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress Rachel Weisz. In this gripping suspense-thriller, a diplomat on the hunt for his wife's murderer uncovers a treacherous conspiracy that will destroy millions of innocent people - unless he can reveal its sinister roots. From the best-selling spy novel by John le Carre comes this edge-of-your-seat story of murder, deception and revenge that critics are calling " a hair-raising thriller with an unforgettable finale" (Karen Durbin, Elle).

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    42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A world without her... November 15, 2005
    "The constant gardener" is an extremely good movie that could have been exceptional but somehow doesn't reach that point. All the same, I think it is the kind of film you will appreciate, specially if you enjoy a good thriller, great actors, and the opportunity to watch the beautiful African scenery.

    The plot is based on a novel by John Le Carre, who said that "The constant gardener" is an excellent adaptation of his book of the same name, even though it is quite different from it. In my opinion, the director, Fernando Meirelles, should be recognized for doing an excellent job in what ended up being an outstanding (and thouroughly non-linear) film. Even though I didn't like this movie as much as I loved Meirelles' previous film, "City of God", it easy to see that he retains his gift for surprising the spectator, and treating him with scenes of astonishing beauty.

    The plot is, in general, the same of the book. Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes), the main character, is an extremely polite English diplomat working in the British Embassy in Kenya. He who has only two passions in his life: gardening and his wife Tessa (Rachel Weisz). Tessa isn't overly conventional, and can be downright rude when she is defending one of her many causes, while Justin is taking care of his garden. Despite their differences, they complement each other. Justin, oblivious to the reality that surrounds him in Kenya, grounds himself in Tessa, and can't imagine his life without her.

    Unfortunately, when some hired guns kill Tessa, Justin will have to learn if he will be able to live in a world without Tessa. His more immediate concern, however, is why was she killed.
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    127 of 150 people found the following review helpful
    Based on a novel by John Le Carre, this brand new film starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz just opened in theaters.

    Fiennes is cast as a rather conventional British diplomat who falls in love with the fiery Rachel Weisz. In the first few minutes of the film they meet, mate, marry and go off to Africa where Fiennes is stationed.

    He'd rather tend his garden and keep a blind eye to the truths around him. She adopts the humanitarian causes of the people and sometimes embarrasses Fiennes by telling off the stuffed shirt diplomats in his circle. He adores her though and their relationship is hot even though it seems as she and an African doctor are having an affair.

    Everything is shattered when the African doctor and Rachel Weisz are brutally murdered. That's when mild-mannered Fiennes gets involved in the investigation. What he discovers is corruption at the highest level, involving big pharmaceutical companies who are using the Africans as guinea pigs to test new drugs. Fiennes' investigation leads to more and more discoveries. Eventually, his own life is in danger.

    The acting is excellent and so is the cinematography. It really seemed to be the real Africa although the country remained unnamed. I do question the title because there was little about gardening in the film with the exception that it seemed that Fiennes would rather tend his garden than get involved in the horrible politics around him. Then, of course, he couldn't stop himself.

    I enjoyed the film and especially like the fact that it addressed some real issues in the world today. It almost didn't matter that the details of the plot were a little confusing at times. I wish it grabbed my emotions more though. I know it was supposed to as it deals with the dire results of human greed and corruption.
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    135 of 178 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The English Garden September 3, 2005
    Justin Quayle, middle-level English bureaucrat (Ralph Fiennes, the perfect Le Carre' protagonist, circa 2005) is palpably appreciative when Tessa (Rachel Weisz, radiant, earth-motherly) deems to, really anoints him with, at the beginning of Fernando Meirelles' "The Constant Gardener," a hot session in bed. In fact, Quayle goes so far as to thank Tessa; which says more about Quayle's commitment to his Freesias, his backyard garden and his avoidance of really living than it does about Tessa's prowess in bed.
    But that being said, the friction between the stiff-upper lip Quayle and the free-thinking, socially liberal and aware Tessa forms the backbone of Meirelles and Le Carre's outstanding film. Feinnes and Weisz's vibrant and provocative performances give this film a moral and intellectual as well as a human-level sensual and sexual center that binds the worlds of international diplomacy and social consciousness in a way that makes this film not only chock full of real-life ambiguity but also current and thought-provoking as well.
    But then Justin is transferred to Africa and Tessa pleads with him to take her. And it is at this point that the movie changes tone from one of romance, lust and personal fulfillment to one of subterfuge on several levels: personal, governmental and that involving major drug companies using the medicine starved Africans as guinea pigs for their experimental drugs: many times to disastrous results.
    Director Fernando Meirelles deserves a place in the pantheon of directors based solely on his revolutionary and disturbing "City of God" and here he boldly paints his canvas in broad strokes of saturated, gorgeous Technicolor for the scenes in Africa and solemn, dreary gray for the scenes in England and Europe: a little obvious maybe but effective nonetheless.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Sound issue
    The sound was rather low on this video. Video quality was good-ish. I'd also like to see a 48hr rental option, change the 24 hour rental to a 48 hour rental.
    Published 10 days ago by Travis Vansciver
    5.0 out of 5 stars one of my faves
    Rachel Weisz gives a performance of a lifetime as the young idealist wife of Ralph Fiennes. The acting writing,directing,and music are superb. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Paul Peabody
    5.0 out of 5 stars Constant Gardner
    What can I say. Deep, dark, depressing, slow movie. Not one to watch with the girlfriend or the kids. But good.
    Published 3 months ago by RH
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love actress Rachel W
    Ralph Fiennes was excellent in this film and so was my fave actress Rachel. I've seen this 7 times. It SO mirrors the problems we are having now with Monsanto! Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Barbara Renton
    2.0 out of 5 stars Liberal Drivel
    While I could not finish this film (it was too odious to me) I saw enough of it to give you sense of what it's about - mild mannered diplomat Justin Quayle, played by Ralph... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Suppresst
    5.0 out of 5 stars The world as it is .......... and the world that could be.
    Corruption in high places, business as usual, quid pro quo, bleeding heart idealist and a professor ........inasmuch is given, much is expected..........
    Published 5 months ago by justanothashmo
    1.0 out of 5 stars Another unwatchable movie
    From the hindsight of 2013 it's evident that this movie is, as others have stated, unwatchable, both because of the technical issues (poor sound engineering, over-bright colors,... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by bill boye
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and Dramatic Conspiracy Film
    A wonderful adaptation of the novel of the same name. The film stays close enough to the novel to be a true adaptation but isn't afraid to alter things that work better in a film... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Knute Snortum
    5.0 out of 5 stars Movie of great passion
    This movie is about a passionate woman with a heart for the poor. I love that it is in Kibera Slum, in Nairobi, Kenya, where I have also worked with marginalized women in... Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Melanie F. Smith
    3.0 out of 5 stars Unlikeable characters well portrayed
    The novel was not my happiest Le Carre, and its unhappy central characters show up even more devastatingly in film. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Les carbonnades flamandes
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