The English Patient

The English Patient

  • R
  • 1996
  • 162 min
  • USA, UK
  • drama, romance, war

Hana, a nurse, tends to a plane crash victim who is on his deathbed. While doing so, she discovers a way to heal herself.

Director: Anthony Minghella

Screenwriter: Anthony Minghella

Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe

Won 1997 Golden Globes Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama

Though it suffers from excessive length and ambition, director Minghella's adaptation of the Michael Ondaatje novel is complex, powerful, and moving.


  • Anthony Minghella
    Anthony Minghella

    Anthony Minghella, CBE (6 January 1954 - 18 March 2008) was an English film director, playwright and screenwriter. He was Chairman of the Board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for The English Patient (1996), which also won the BAFTA Award...

Main Cast


Producer: Saul Zaentz

Editor: Walter Murch

Casting: Michelle Guish, David Rubin

Director Of Photography: John Seale

Original Music Composer: Gabriel Yared

Costume Design: Ann Roth

Executive Producer: Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Scott Greenstein

Associate Producer: Paul Zaentz, Steve E. Andrews

Production Design: Stuart Craig

Sound: John Timperley


Source: based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje

Tagline: In love, there are no boundaries.

Genres: drama, romance, war

Certificate: R

Categories: year 1942, tragic love, sahara, egypt, cartographer, love triangle, world war two, tobruk, bedouin, desert, british army, sandstorm, landmine, nurse, cairo, traitor, secret love, flashback, royal geographical society, reference to adolf hitler, colonialism, amnesia, pyramid


Year: 1996

Runtime: 162 min

Country: USA, UK

Language: English, German, Italian, Arabic

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS-Stereo

Also Known As

  • Il paziente inglese (IT)
  • Le patient anglais (FR)
  • Der englische Patient (DE)
  • El paciente inglés (ES)
  • O Paciente Inglês (BR)
  • Englantilainen potilas (FI)
  • Az angol beteg (HU)
  • Angielski pacjent (PL)


  • Mark Caro (Chicago Tribune)

    With its fine acting, sumptuous visuals and levels of intrigue, The English Patient boasts the elements of something greater than a love story. Too bad it devotes them to something less than a great love story. Full Review ...

  • Janet Maslin (New York Times)

    Mr. Minghella has described what he aspires to here as "epic cinema of a personal nature." With its immense seductiveness, heady romance and glorious desert vistas at the "Lawrence of Arabia" level, "The English Patient" imaginatively lives up to that description.

  • Jeff Strickler (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

    It took a filmmaker with Anthony Minghella's vision to even attempt an adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient. And it took a filmmaker with Minghella's talent to pull it off.

  • Nigel Andrews (Financial Times)

    If Minghella's debut feature Truly, Madly, Deeply was overrated -- a Ghost for the NW3 set -- this movie is a quantum leap towards cinema's potential for magic.

  • Geoff Brown (Times (UK))

    You can take your brain to The English Patient and you will not be insulted. Your eyes will not be offended either. This scarcely makes Minghella's film the best in the world; it just makes it loom large.