Beginning in the 1930s, "The English Patient" tells the story of Count Almásy who is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of love, betrayal, and politics that is later revealed in a series of flashbacks while Almásy is on his death bed after being horribly burned in a plane crash.

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  1. Anthony Minghella

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Michael Ondaatje


Top Billed Cast

  1. Ralph Fiennes

    Ralph Fiennes

    Count László de Almásy

  2. Juliette Binoche

    Juliette Binoche


  3. Willem Dafoe

    Willem Dafoe

    David Caravaggio

  4. Kristin Scott Thomas

    Kristin Scott Thomas

    Katharine Clifton

  5. Naveen Andrews

    Naveen Andrews

    Sikh Kip

  6. Colin Firth

    Colin Firth

    Geoffrey Clifton

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 42m

Budget $27,000,000.00

Revenue $231,976,425.00

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Release Information

  • November 14, 1996
    R, Theatrical



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