Based on the Graham Greene novel, The Quiet American is the tale of a jaded journalist (Michael Caine) who butts up against a young American idealist (Brendan Fraser) who just happens to be a CIA agent that helps bring Vietnam closer to war. Initially slated to be released after 9/11, the film was delayed until 2002, presumably because it essentially implicates Americans in terrorist bombings.
It’s a rather large question the movie asks: How much death and destruction should America cause in order to “save” a nation? Alden Pyle, the quiet (yet ultimately deadly) American played by Fraser, probably has a different definition than the average person. We all know how Vietnam turned out.