The English Patient (1996)


By Scott Goldfine

Ralph Fiennes stars as an archaeologist exploring the Sahara at the onset of World War II in this spectacularly engrossing drama. Horribly burned during a plane crash, the scientist finds himself in Italy, holed up in a deserted building with a nurse and a thief.His story of traffic love then unfolds through flashbacks.

This finely crafted film, directed by Anthony Minghella, masterfully builds toward an emotion-packed climax. Also stars Juliette BinocheWillem Dafoe, Kristin Scott ThomasNaveen Andrews and Colin Firth. Rated R.


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