The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

DVD - 2005
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In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and all the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, Justin risks his own life and will stop at nothing to expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Focus Features, ; Montreal : Distributed by Alliance Atlantis, c2005
Edition: Widescreen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 129 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nooksack20
Oct 02, 2017

Just a little too weird for my taste.

A good but not great film. It could have been much better.

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BabyDuck68
Dec 24, 2016

The first time I saw it, I thought the movie slow and boring and almost turned it off, but it picked up pace in the end. The second time I saw it, what I really saw was an intense love story. At first, the wife looked like she was just using Justin to get to Africa and fight the big pharmaceutical companies. However, as you watch Justin fill in the blanks in her story, you see things in a completely different light.

I liked the scenery at the end with the flamingos and curlews calling in the distance.

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DesLi
Jan 14, 2016

Old production. Not entertaining enough.

MissPiggy13 Oct 03, 2015

Amazing movie--and sad to see that 10 years after this movie was made Big Pharma is still ascendant and making money off of poor, sick people. Suspenseful, well-acted, and moving.

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mjstifter1
Sep 21, 2015

Overly long and politicized movie who's main message seems to be Africans good and Westerners bad. A simple minded movie where everything is black or white, good or bad with nothing in between or any shades of grey allowed. Skip this movie or just watch the last 20 minutes where the only action in the movie worth watching is anyway.

Green_Bird_203 May 17, 2014

I couldn't believe the bond between British diplomat Justin and his murdered wife Tessa was that strong. They were not made for each other to begin with. Tessa seems an immature, self-centered, self-righeous person. Too many charactors involved, and the storyline too complicated. Excellent performance by Ralph Fiennes.

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2101kol
Aug 19, 2013

While it says something important, it does not fully entertain.

Quimeras May 30, 2013

Overall, “The Constant Gardener” was a good story. However, I found the element of self-sacrificing love a bit overdone and unbelievable.

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tj_is_cool
Mar 09, 2013

Well done movie but ending is not good.

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varaidzo89
May 20, 2011

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