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I can't say what made me fall in love with Vietnam -

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that a woman's voice can drug you...

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..that everything is so intense.

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The colours...

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the taste...

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even the rain.

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Nothing like the filthy rain in London.

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DISTANT GUNFIRE

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They say whatever you're looking for,

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you will find here.

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They say you come to Vietnam

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and you understand a lot in a few minutes,

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but the rest has got to be lived.

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The smell, that's the first thing that hits you,

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promising everything in exchange for your soul.

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And the heat.

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Your shirt is straightaway a rag.

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You can hardly remember your name

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or what you came to escape from.

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But at night,

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there's a breeze.

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The river is beautiful.

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You could be forgiven for thinking there was no war,

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that the gunshots were fireworks,

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that only pleasure matters.

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A pipe of opium...

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or the touch of a girl

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who might tell you she loves you.

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THUD, SPLASH

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And then something happens...

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as you knew it would.

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And nothing can ever be the same again.

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Monsieur Fowler,

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thank you for coming in.

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I'm sorry to ask you at this hour.

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Well, I know about as much as you do.

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He's an American. He's about 30.

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He works for the Economic Aid Mission

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and I like him.

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He's a very good chap. Serious.

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Not like those noisy bastards down at the Continental.

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He's a quiet American.

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Yes, a VERY quiet American.

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He's dead, isn't he?

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Not guilty. I-I-I just put two and two together.

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He was killed by a knife.

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-<

-Can you identify him?

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Yes.

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He was...

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a friend.

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To tell you the truth, I'm not completely sorry.

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These Americans are causing a lot of trouble to us.

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But still, a murder is a murder.

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Anything to help us?

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No.

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Nothing at all.

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Please.

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BELL RINGS

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THUNDER CLAPS

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DOOR OPENS

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DOOR CLOSES

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OPENS DOOR

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CLOSES DOOR

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Pyle...

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..est mort.

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Assassinated.

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How?

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He was stabbed.

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Pyle est mort.

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Yes.

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He was in love with me.

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Yes, he was.

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I'm so sorry, Phuong.

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I go to my mother's.

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I must think.

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FOWLER: I met Pyle where you meet everybody -

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at the Hotel Continental.

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I'm there every morning at 11.00.

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I'm English. I have habits.

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I drink tea.

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I'm a reporter, so I listen.

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I have a lover.

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I like to watch her arrive with her friends at the milk bar.

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And there was Alden Pyle -

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a face with no history and no problems.

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The face we all had once.

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I'm Alden Pyle.

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I'm Thomas Fowler.

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The London Times.

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You've done your homework.

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Well, I've read your articles.

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May I join you?

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Please.

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And what brings you to Saigon, Mr Pyle?

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Well, I'm with the Economic Aid Mission.

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I'm on the medical side.

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My speciality is eye disease.

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Do you know trachoma? It's very common here.

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It's actually very easy to treat and prevent.

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You staying at the hotel?

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No, I just dropped by

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for a cup of tea on the way to the office.

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This is really a stroke of luck for me.

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You know, you're one of the few correspondents

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who has a reputation

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of actually going out into the field

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to see what's happening.

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Not any more. And besides...

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I have never thought of myself

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as a correspondent.

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I am just a reporter.

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I offer no point of view,

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I take no action,

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I don't get involved.

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I just report what I see.

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But you must have an opinion.

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Even an opinion is a form of action.

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Still, I'd really appreciate it if you could...

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'Pyle was hungry

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'for everything I could tell him about Vietnam

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'and her fight for independence.

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'Why were the French losing the war?

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'And why were the communists winning?

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'Then he saw Phuong.'

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HE MOUTHS

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'I should've realised how saving a country

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'and saving a woman would be the same thing

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'to someone like Pyle.'

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PYLE: We've got to contain communism,

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or what they call communism...

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FOWLER: 'What could be done, what should be done,

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'what he thought, what he dread.

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'He made me remember there was a time

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'when I had wanted to make a difference.'

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..To watch liberty snuffed out?

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"Liberty" is a very Western word.

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How do you define it for the Vietnamese?

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By giving people the freedom to choose.

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OK, you give them the freedom to choose,

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they vote, and they elect Ho Chi Minh.

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Things are more complicated than they seem.

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EXPLOSION

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What was that?

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A grenade.

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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Sounded like a car backfiring.

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A week here, and you'll know the difference.

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It's been a genuine pleasure meeting you.

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Maybe we could eat dinner sometime.

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Yes, I look forward to it.

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Great.

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Good morning.

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MAN TALKS INDISTINCTLY

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Morning, Hinh.

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Anything new?

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Oh, corruption, mendacity.

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I said "new".

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There is a rumour that the communists

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are planning an attack in the north, at Phat Diem.

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One of your contacts?

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Yes, sir.

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Oh...

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and a telegram.

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Oh.

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From the London office.

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Mr Stemins.

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He says the paper has conducted a review

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of the foreign desk.

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He wants you based in London.

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Christ.

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I thought you liked London, sir.

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I do, but I like it just where it is.

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I don't want to bloody go there.

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For what, a desk job?

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They probably think it's cheaper

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to let the wire services cover Vietnam.

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How many stories have we given them?

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This year?

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Yes.

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-Three.

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No shit.

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Maybe...

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I should go up there.

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-Where, sir?

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Phat Diem.

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It's not an easy place to get into

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with the communist attack.

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Send a cable to Stemins.

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"Understand your current concern. Stop.

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"Am working on a story of major proportions.

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"Stop. Suggest I remain in Saigon

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"until completed. Stop.

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"Fowler."

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Which story is that, sir?

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I don't know.

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But I'm sure that you know someone

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who can get me in there.

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WOMAN SINGS IN FRENCH ON RADIO

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Ah!

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Today our anniversary. Did you forget?

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Can it be? Two years already?

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-Yes.

-Heh, heh. Yes.

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Ah. Be careful with me.

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I'm old and fragile.

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Not so old.

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Not so fragile.

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Tom!

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Thomas.

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Thomas.

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-Hello.

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Hello again.

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Say, I'm here with some friends.

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I was wondering if you'd care to join us.

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Phuong, this is Mr Pyle.

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-Alden, please.

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Enchantee.

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SPEAKS FRENCH

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Thomas, you know Joe, Joe Tunney,

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from the American legation.

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Yes, I know Joe.

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Overthrown any small countries recently?

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Fowler sees conspiracies everywhere. That's for sure.

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Bill, say, is it true that the communists

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are attacking Phat Diem?

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Well, how the fuck should I know?

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We only report victories.

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The reason that I ask is because

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one of our medical teams wasn't allowed past Nam Dinh.

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I was thinking of going up there.

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-PYLE:

-It's a Catholic town, isn't it?

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Yeah.

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-BILL:

-You got a date tonight?

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-PYLE:

-They're pretty strong against the communists.

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Bill.

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She's got a date every night.

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Well, you got your piece of ass, I want mine.

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Pyle, fellas,

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let's go to the House of 500 Girls.

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Oh, no. No, no, no. Thanks.

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I was planning on taking Mr Fowler...

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We've already got a table at the Arc en Ciel.

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Oh, well, that's great.

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You go eat at the Arc en Ciel,

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and I'll get eaten next door.

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Sounds like a plan.

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Yeah.

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Come on, Bill. Walk with me.

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Thomas.

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PEOPLE CHATTERING

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FOWLER: Seems like a nice young man.

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What does he do?

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Something with medical aid.

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-PYLE:

-Where are we going?

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You go and get us a table,

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and I'll go and rescue our Mr Pyle.

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Merci, monsieur.

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Thank you.

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WOMAN SINGING IN VIETNAMESE

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WOMEN SHOUTING

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-PYLE:

-I'm just dropping him off.

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I'm not staying.

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No, no, no.

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Please, please, please. No, come on.

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Pyle, let's get out of here.

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No, no, no. C'est fini.

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Let me go.

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Put your arm around this one.

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If they think you've chosen one,

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they'll let you go.

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Put your arm around her.

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Excusez-moi! Excusez-moi!

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-GRANGER:

-Who wants to be with me?

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Good night, Granger!

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Who wants to be with me?

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WOMAN SINGS IN FRENCH

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Miss Phuong, I'm so sorry.

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Please forgive us for keeping you waiting.

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I forgive you.

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We had to make sure that Bill Granger got home.

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Home. Ha ha ha!

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Monsieur, a ticket?

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Sorry?

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Tickets for the taxi dancers.

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With the girls here, you buy a ticket for a dance.

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-PHUONG:

-Buy a ticket,

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maybe I dance with you.

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-PYLE:

-There you are.

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Shall we?

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SONG ENDS

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NEW SONG BEGINS

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Phong is a very beautiful name.

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Phuong.

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Phuong.

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It means "phoenix".

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Oh.

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I thought it meant "flower,"

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like the ones in your hair.

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Do you like my hair?

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This is traditional style.

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It's very nice.

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Do you know Vietnamese?

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Yeah, sure. Try me.

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No, I don't.

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I only know two words. I know, er...

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-Mr Fowler?

-Hello.

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May I?

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Of course.

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Thanks.

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Haven't seen you for a long time.

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I'm away a lot.

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Yes.

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Who's he?

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Your friend?

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His name is Pyle.

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He's with the American Economic Mission.

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He's from Boston, in America.

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He's a very bad dancer.

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Yes.

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SONG ENDS

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He is married?

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Not that I know of, no.

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This is Miss Hei, Phuong's sister.

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Alden Pyle.

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Very happy to meet you.

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Your father is a businessman?

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Uh, no.

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He's a professor.

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My sister is very good dancer, yes?

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Well, she's too good for me.

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She's my only sister.

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Your sister's a very pretty girl.

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My sister is the most beautiful girl

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in Saigon.

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I don't doubt that at all.

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Mr Fowler's a very lucky man.

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-MISS HEI:

-My father was very sad.

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He had no grandchildren.

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Would you like a drink?

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No, thank you.

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My friends.

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So pleased to have met you.

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I hope we meet again soon.

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Perhaps you could arrange.

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When I get back from the north.

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You are going north?

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Yes.

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Then you must come and have dinner

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with me and my sister

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while Mr Fowler is gone

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to cheer her up.

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Well, thank you. I'd like that very much.

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What a nice woman.

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An absolute saint.

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She used to work in office,

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import-export.

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Really?

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She knows shorthand.

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Does she?

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Maybe you need someone.

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Maybe, er, we could work something out.

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Please forgive me for dancing with Miss Phuong

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so many times.

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That's all right. I like watching her dance.

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She's a very good dancer.

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She should be. She used to do it for a living.

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What do you mean?

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She was a taxi dancer, a hostess,

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here at the Arc en Ciel.

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Oh.

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I thought you said she came from a good family.

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She did, but the father died,

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so the sisters had to go out

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-and earn a living.

-Oh.

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Well, that's too bad.

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What?

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Well, isn't that just a step up

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from the girls across the street?

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Oh, good God, no. Took me six months

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to get her to go out on a date.

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Oh.

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EXPLOSION

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Grenade.

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A grenade.

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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So, are you married?

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Yes, I am.

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Hmm.

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Bonsoir, mademoiselle.

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But not to her.

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There's something I haven't told you.

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I got a telegram from the paper

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asking me to go back to London.

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So, when you go?

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I've cabled them,

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asking them to let me stay, but...

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..if they stop paying me,

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I'm not sure how we'll live.

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I come with you to London.

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I'd marry you if I could.

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You know that?

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Yes.

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That's what I always tell my sister.

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Do you think your wife will give divorce?

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I doubt it.

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FOWLER: 'When did everything change?

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'Maybe there isn't one moment.

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'A cable from London calling me home, or...

0:22:460:22:49

'or watching them dancing together,

0:22:490:22:51

'or what followed between us - she and I -

0:22:510:22:55

'through the long night.'

0:22:550:22:57

PEOPLE SHOUTING

0:22:570:22:59

'I was never brave,

0:23:040:23:07

'but there I was, heading north,

0:23:070:23:11

'the fear of losing Phuong more terrifying

0:23:110:23:14

'than the fear of any bullet.'

0:23:140:23:16

-FRENCH OFFICER:

-The communists attacked four days ago.

0:23:220:23:25

We pushed them back only yesterday.

0:23:260:23:29

We think there is 300 in this village.

0:23:290:23:32

But you will not see them.

0:23:340:23:35

FOWLER: It's getting worse, isn't it?

0:23:350:23:37

How long can you keep going?

0:23:370:23:40

A few months maybe.

0:23:400:23:42

My men are counting bullets.

0:23:420:23:44

Silence.

0:23:570:23:59

DISTANT RUMBLE

0:23:590:24:02

Vite! Cachez-vous.

0:24:020:24:04

ENGINE RUMBLES

0:24:090:24:11

GUNSHOT

0:24:180:24:19

No, no, no, no! Don't shoot. Don't shoot!

0:24:220:24:25

Ho!

0:24:250:24:26

Pyle?

0:24:260:24:27

What the hell are you doing here?

0:24:300:24:31

-PYLE:

-They wouldn't let my trachoma team

0:24:310:24:33

out of Nam Dinh, so I figured I might as well

0:24:330:24:34

see what was going on for myself.

0:24:340:24:37

You know, you're lucky to get here alive!

0:24:370:24:40

RADIO CHATTERING

0:24:410:24:42

It wasn't that hard after I hired a boat.

0:24:420:24:44

It wasn't that expensive, actually.

0:24:440:24:46

In the end, I just bought it.

0:24:460:24:47

You are mad.

0:24:470:24:48

-I'm mad?

-Yes.

0:24:480:24:50

Have you ever seen anyone with trachoma, Thomas?

0:24:500:24:52

Yes, I suppose I have.

0:24:520:24:53

You know, it's not that easy to remain uninvolved.

0:24:530:24:57

Here.

0:24:570:24:58

FOWLER: "Not that easy to remain uninvolved."

0:24:580:25:01

'I had hidden for so long behind a typewriter.

0:25:040:25:07

'What we found there,

0:25:090:25:11

'what we saw

0:25:110:25:13

'in Phat Diem,

0:25:130:25:16

'what did that do...

0:25:160:25:18

'..to his zeal,

0:25:190:25:20

'to my detachment?

0:25:200:25:22

'The dead are not involved.

0:25:240:25:25

'The dead have no zeal.

0:25:250:25:28

'They are lying in wait.

0:25:290:25:32

'You see them,

0:25:320:25:34

'all their tenderness,

0:25:340:25:37

'and then they haunt you.'

0:25:370:25:39

Communists?

0:25:410:25:42

Clearly. This is not the work

0:25:420:25:43

of French soldiers.

0:25:430:25:44

FOWLER: It doesn't make sense.

0:25:440:25:47

The communists don't kill townspeople.

0:25:470:25:51

It is not in their interest.

0:25:510:25:53

-SOLDIER:

-Maybe another faction.

0:25:530:25:55

There are so many of them.

0:25:550:25:57

Each with their own army.

0:25:580:26:00

What's that book you're always reading?

0:26:130:26:15

York Harding, "Dangers to Democracy".

0:26:150:26:18

-An American?

-Yeah.

0:26:180:26:20

He was out here a couple of years back.

0:26:200:26:22

Was he here long?

0:26:220:26:24

I don't know. I heard him lecture once.

0:26:240:26:26

Joe actually met him.

0:26:260:26:27

He's the one that put forward the idea

0:26:270:26:29

of a third force to run Vietnam,

0:26:290:26:31

not the communists and not the French.

0:26:310:26:33

Not the Americans?

0:26:330:26:34

No, we're not colonialists.

0:26:340:26:36

Something that could really help these people.

0:26:360:26:39

You have a gun, either of you?

0:26:390:26:41

No.

0:26:410:26:42

They shall attack again tonight.

0:26:420:26:44

You don't want to be taken alive.

0:26:440:26:47

Believe me.

0:26:470:26:48

Shoot yourselves.

0:26:500:26:52

-Thank you.

-Thanks.

0:26:530:26:54

Stay inside that bunker!

0:26:550:26:58

MAN SHOUTS IN FRENCH

0:27:020:27:04

Do you want something to eat?

0:27:110:27:13

No, thank you.

0:27:130:27:15

Come on.

0:27:160:27:18

You didn't come up to check your medical team.

0:27:180:27:22

Joe Tunney sent you, right?

0:27:220:27:24

A little intelligence work.

0:27:240:27:27

I've never been very good

0:27:310:27:33

at keeping secrets.

0:27:330:27:35

There is another reason why I came up here.

0:27:350:27:37

It's you.

0:27:410:27:43

Me?

0:27:430:27:45

Yep.

0:27:450:27:47

Um, you said that you might be coming up here.

0:27:470:27:51

Yeah.

0:27:510:27:52

COW MOOS

0:27:520:27:53

EXPLOSIONS

0:27:530:27:56

Um...

0:27:570:27:59

The thing is, it's about Phuong.

0:28:010:28:03

Um, well, I guess it started

0:28:030:28:06

that night when we were at the Arc en Ciel,

0:28:060:28:08

and I was dancing with her.

0:28:080:28:10

Ha ha. I didn't think you ever got close enough.

0:28:100:28:13

And then I had dinner with her

0:28:130:28:15

and her sister...

0:28:150:28:17

BOMB WHISTLES

0:28:170:28:18

..last Saturday and...

0:28:180:28:20

..just when I was

0:28:220:28:24

sitting there looking at her,

0:28:240:28:26

it all just became so clear to me.

0:28:260:28:30

I see.

0:28:300:28:32

Look, Tom, none of this was planned.

0:28:320:28:34

There's no way...

0:28:340:28:35

I never ever used to believe

0:28:350:28:38

in love at first sight.

0:28:380:28:40

But after seeing all those other girls

0:28:400:28:42

in that awful place and thinking that Phuong

0:28:420:28:45

could very easily become one of them,

0:28:450:28:47

I don't know, I want to protect her.

0:28:470:28:49

And what did she say

0:28:490:28:50

when you offered her your protection?

0:28:500:28:52

I haven't told her yet.

0:28:520:28:54

You haven't told her?

0:28:540:28:55

No. I didn't think it would be right.

0:28:550:28:56

I wanted to speak with you first.

0:28:560:28:58

MEN SHOUTING

0:28:580:29:00

Look, if you two had been married,

0:29:000:29:02

that'd be a completely different situation.

0:29:020:29:04

I could never marry her. Oh, shit.

0:29:040:29:06

My wife would never give me a divorce.

0:29:060:29:08

She's a Catholic.

0:29:080:29:09

BOMBS WHISTLE

0:29:090:29:12

It's getting closer.

0:29:120:29:15

They're walking it in.

0:29:150:29:16

BOMBS EXPLODING

0:29:180:29:21

MEN TALKING

0:29:300:29:32

-PYLE:

-"Dear Thomas,

0:29:380:29:39

"I guess I'll be back in Saigon ahead of you,

0:29:390:29:42

"and I wanted to reassure you

0:29:420:29:45

"that I won't go to see Phuong

0:29:450:29:47

"until after you return.

0:29:470:29:49

"If you can make the next transport out,

0:29:490:29:51

"you should be back by the end of the week.

0:29:510:29:54

"I can check in with your assistant

0:29:540:29:56

"to see if you made it.

0:29:560:29:58

"If so...

0:29:580:29:59

"I'll come around to see you both together on Friday,

0:29:590:30:02

"say, 5.00?"

0:30:020:30:03

Anyone due to go out to Hong Kong?

0:30:050:30:07

Someone from Reuters, I believe.

0:30:070:30:09

Type this up, will you,

0:30:090:30:10

and ask him to cable it to London for me?

0:30:100:30:12

Your big story?

0:30:120:30:14

Yes. Massacre at Phat Diem.

0:30:140:30:16

Nobody did it, of course.

0:30:160:30:18

Not the French, not the communists,

0:30:180:30:20

but there are rumours.

0:30:200:30:23

What's going on?

0:30:230:30:26

I forgot.

0:30:260:30:27

-What?

-It's a rally.

0:30:270:30:30

A new political party.

0:30:300:30:32

Bloody hell.

0:30:320:30:33

I think I better leave your car here, sir.

0:30:330:30:35

We can walk.

0:30:350:30:37

Isn't that Colonel The?

0:31:090:31:11

General The.

0:31:110:31:13

Who made him a general?

0:31:130:31:14

He did.

0:31:140:31:15

He broke away from the French

0:31:150:31:17

and formed his own army.

0:31:170:31:19

FOWLER: Hello.

0:31:520:31:53

Hi.

0:31:530:31:54

You have a dog.

0:31:560:31:58

Come in.

0:32:000:32:01

Thanks.

0:32:010:32:03

-WHISTLES TO DOG:

-Come on.

0:32:030:32:04

Is Phuong...?

0:32:090:32:10

She's gone to see her sister.

0:32:100:32:12

Oh.

0:32:120:32:14

Would you like a whisky?

0:32:150:32:17

Oh, just a soda, thanks.

0:32:170:32:19

Does he have to do that?

0:32:210:32:24

Huh?

0:32:240:32:25

Duke, come here. Come here.

0:32:250:32:27

You called him Duke?

0:32:270:32:29

Yeah. Found this guy on the street.

0:32:290:32:32

Didn't I? Who could turn their back

0:32:320:32:34

on a mug like that, huh?

0:32:340:32:36

I saw you and Joe Tunney at the parade.

0:32:360:32:39

Go sit.

0:32:390:32:40

Did you go on to the rally?

0:32:400:32:42

Thanks. Uh, yeah, I did.

0:32:420:32:44

It was really something else.

0:32:440:32:45

I thought only American politicians

0:32:450:32:47

went in for that nonsense.

0:32:470:32:48

All that was missing was the ticker tape.

0:32:480:32:51

Well, they sure didn't forget the brass band.

0:32:510:32:53

He's a pretty impressive guy, that General The.

0:32:530:32:56

It doesn't trouble you

0:32:560:32:57

that he's a complete egomaniac?

0:32:570:32:59

Look, um, I don't want to talk

0:32:590:33:01

about Phuong behind her back.

0:33:010:33:02

I thought she was going to be here.

0:33:020:33:05

Her sister told me about her predicament.

0:33:050:33:08

And what predicament is that?

0:33:080:33:10

I think you know.

0:33:100:33:11

No.

0:33:110:33:12

Well, you can't marry her,

0:33:120:33:14

and by living with you, she can never have

0:33:140:33:16

a proper marriage to a Vietnamese man.

0:33:160:33:18

She doesn't need a proper marriage

0:33:180:33:20

with a Vietnamese man.

0:33:200:33:21

She's with me.

0:33:210:33:23

DOOR OPENS

0:33:230:33:24

There she is.

0:33:240:33:26

Hello, Phuong.

0:33:260:33:29

-PHUONG:

-My sister is out.

0:33:290:33:31

Oh.

0:33:310:33:32

Hello.

0:33:320:33:33

Hello. It's very nice to see you.

0:33:330:33:34

Actually, it's you that Mr Pyle

0:33:340:33:36

has come to visit, Phuong.

0:33:360:33:38

So, why don't we all sit down?

0:33:380:33:41

Unless of course you want me to leave.

0:33:410:33:43

No. No, no, no, that wouldn't be right.

0:33:430:33:45

We shall sit down then.

0:33:450:33:48

Fire away.

0:33:580:34:00

Phuong...

0:34:040:34:05

..ever since I met you

0:34:070:34:09

and danced with you

0:34:090:34:11

and talked with you...

0:34:110:34:13

I haven't been able to get you

0:34:140:34:16

out of my thoughts

0:34:160:34:17

for more than a moment.

0:34:170:34:19

And...

0:34:220:34:24

I've fallen in love with you.

0:34:240:34:27

You fall in love with me?

0:34:330:34:35

Please, believe me when I say

0:34:350:34:36

I've never behaved like this before.

0:34:360:34:38

I apologise.

0:34:380:34:39

It is abrupt,

0:34:390:34:41

and it is ill-mannered,

0:34:410:34:42

but...

0:34:420:34:44

I'm in love with you.

0:34:440:34:47

Well, shouldn't you be on one knee?

0:34:500:34:52

Look, Phuong, I'm not a rich man,

0:34:560:34:59

but I do have assets...

0:34:590:35:01

Let's toss for her.

0:35:010:35:01

What can you offer her?

0:35:010:35:03

Oh, Christ.

0:35:030:35:04

Listen, I don't expect you to love me right away.

0:35:040:35:06

That'll come with time.

0:35:060:35:07

You can always make love to the chauffeur

0:35:070:35:08

while he's at the office.

0:35:080:35:09

You have no right to insult her!

0:35:090:35:11

Will you shut your bloody dog up?

0:35:110:35:13

You can come away with me right now.

0:35:130:35:14

Tell him to bugger off and take his dog with him.

0:35:140:35:16

DOG GROWLS

0:35:160:35:18

No.

0:35:200:35:21

She said no.

0:35:250:35:27

Yes.

0:35:280:35:29

Sit down, have a scotch.

0:35:290:35:31

No. I should go.

0:35:310:35:32

I'm so sorry. I-I apologise.

0:35:320:35:34

Do you want to smoke a pipe?

0:35:340:35:35

A pipe?

0:35:350:35:37

Opium.

0:35:370:35:38

No.

0:35:380:35:39

Why would I do that?

0:35:390:35:41

WHISTLES

0:35:410:35:42

THOMAS: "I know before we married

0:35:590:36:01

"you warned me your beliefs meant

0:36:010:36:02

"that there could never be a divorce.

0:36:020:36:05

"All the same, that's what I'm asking for now.

0:36:050:36:09

"The fact is, I love someone very much.

0:36:090:36:13

"I want you to feel affection,

0:36:130:36:15

"act before you have time to think

0:36:150:36:17

"and just cable me and tell me you agree."

0:36:170:36:20

I've just asked my wife for a divorce.

0:36:270:36:31

Your sister...

0:36:360:36:38

..was she really out?

0:36:410:36:43

I told you.

0:36:430:36:45

I thought perhaps she sent you back

0:36:490:36:52

so that you could meet Pyle.

0:36:520:36:55

He's very young.

0:36:550:36:57

That's not so important.

0:36:590:37:03

-HINH:

-Good news.

0:37:110:37:13

They printed your story.

0:37:140:37:16

Got a cable from Stemins.

0:37:160:37:19

This got me a month's reprieve.

0:37:190:37:22

Page 10...

0:37:220:37:24

"French break communist siege."

0:37:240:37:26

They didn't use much, did they?

0:37:270:37:29

Nothing here about

0:37:310:37:32

the villagers that were killed.

0:37:320:37:34

What did the French paper say?

0:37:340:37:35

Headlines blaming it

0:37:350:37:37

on the communists, of course.

0:37:370:37:39

Well, a month is a month.

0:37:390:37:42

What else can you tell me about this General The?

0:37:420:37:46

He set himself up against

0:37:480:37:49

both the French and the communists.

0:37:490:37:51

Do you think he'd give me an interview

0:37:530:37:55

if I went up the holy mountain?

0:37:550:37:57

Difficult to say.

0:37:570:37:59

Perhaps if he thought

0:37:590:38:01

he could get his message across.

0:38:010:38:02

Well, the problem with that would be

0:38:020:38:04

getting it past the censor.

0:38:040:38:06

No, the real problem would be

0:38:060:38:07

to get close to the Cambodian border

0:38:070:38:09

and back before dark.

0:38:090:38:10

The communists control that road at night.

0:38:100:38:13

So many Europeans have been killed out there.

0:38:130:38:15

SPEAKS VIETNAMESE

0:38:240:38:27

I am Thomas Fowler of the London Times.

0:38:270:38:29

I'm here to interview General...General The.

0:38:300:38:34

SPEAKS VIETNAMESE

0:38:340:38:35

Thomas Fowler of the London Times.

0:38:350:38:39

I'm here to see General The.

0:38:390:38:42

SHOUTS IN VIETNAMESE

0:38:440:38:46

SHOUTS IN VIETNAMESE

0:38:490:38:51

'September, October, November.

0:38:510:38:55

'I'd seen Pyle only once

0:38:550:38:57

'since he'd asked Phuong to marry him,

0:38:570:38:59

'at the Continental.

0:38:590:39:01

'He'd been polite, of course.

0:39:010:39:03

'How was I? How was Phuong?

0:39:030:39:06

'He'd been busy, he said, out of the city,

0:39:060:39:09

'working on his medical programme.'

0:39:090:39:10

-PYLE:

-Thomas!

0:39:100:39:11

'So somehow I wasn't surprised to see him.'

0:39:110:39:13

Thomas!

0:39:130:39:14

'I was surprised to be pleased to see him.'

0:39:140:39:18

What brings you out to these parts?

0:39:180:39:20

Well, I was hoping to interview the general,

0:39:200:39:22

but they've thrown me out of the place.

0:39:220:39:24

Oh.

0:39:240:39:25

What's your excuse this time?

0:39:250:39:27

Well, this is like a test run for us.

0:39:270:39:29

The French, in a typically French way,

0:39:290:39:31

have been very uncooperative,

0:39:310:39:33

but General The has been good enough

0:39:330:39:34

to let us set up camp here.

0:39:340:39:35

I'll get him to let you in.

0:39:370:39:39

SPEAKING VIETNAMESE

0:39:390:39:40

-PYLE:

-Joe Tunney's running aid programmes

0:39:400:39:42

with some of the businesspeople close to The.

0:39:420:39:44

Mr Muoi?

0:39:440:39:45

Mr Pyle.

0:39:450:39:46

Hello, how are you?

0:39:460:39:48

Good.

0:39:480:39:49

His name is Thomas Fowler.

0:39:490:39:52

He's looking for an interview with the general.

0:39:520:39:54

GUNFIRE

0:39:560:39:58

My name is Mr Muoi.

0:40:080:40:10

The general only has a few moments.

0:40:100:40:12

FOWLER: May I first ask you a question?

0:40:120:40:15

Please.

0:40:150:40:16

What is your relationship to the general?

0:40:160:40:18

-MUOI:

-I'm a businessman and a patriot.

0:40:180:40:21

Many of the supplies and aid you see here

0:40:230:40:25

are the result of my efforts.

0:40:250:40:27

Shall we begin with the first question?

0:40:270:40:29

FOWLER: You say you've broken away

0:40:290:40:31

from the French and Vietnamese forces

0:40:310:40:33

with which you served.

0:40:330:40:35

Do any ties remain?

0:40:350:40:37

MUOI TRANSLATES

0:40:370:40:38

SPEAKS VIETNAMESE

0:40:380:40:41

-MUOI:

-The French are colonialists.

0:40:410:40:43

Not to be trusted.

0:40:430:40:47

It will take

0:40:510:40:53

an independent Vietnamese leader

0:40:530:40:54

to rule our country.

0:40:540:40:56

How does the general expect to launch

0:40:560:40:58

a successful campaign against the larger forces

0:40:580:41:01

of the communists and the French

0:41:010:41:02

with so few men and supplies?

0:41:020:41:04

And who is providing the means

0:41:040:41:07

for the general to achieve this victory?

0:41:070:41:09

MUOI TRANSLATES

0:41:090:41:11

SPEAKS VIETNAMESE

0:41:140:41:16

Has he been fighting his war in the north?

0:41:190:41:21

There was a massacre at Phat Diem.

0:41:380:41:40

Were your forces present?

0:41:400:41:43

SPEAKS VIETNAMESE

0:41:430:41:45

SHOUTS

0:41:530:41:54

Regrettably, the general has just recalled

0:41:560:41:58

that, er, he has another urgent appointment,

0:41:580:42:00

so, please...

0:42:000:42:01

Thank you.

0:42:010:42:03

That was quick.

0:42:150:42:16

Things didn't go entirely according to plan.

0:42:160:42:19

Watch yourself with Joe.

0:42:190:42:22

I think he's up to something with General The.

0:42:220:42:26

Say, can I get a ride back to Saigon with you?

0:42:270:42:30

There's something wrong with my car.

0:42:300:42:31

Yes, of course you can.

0:42:310:42:33

Hello.

0:42:330:42:34

Some kind soul has had mine cleaned.

0:42:340:42:37

I heard a rumour that you've been recalled to London.

0:42:460:42:48

Really?

0:42:500:42:51

Who told you that?

0:42:510:42:54

Phuong's sister.

0:42:540:42:55

ENGINE RATTLES

0:42:570:42:59

Shit.

0:43:010:43:02

What is it?

0:43:020:43:04

We're out of petrol.

0:43:040:43:06

Some bugger up in the mountains

0:43:060:43:08

must have siphoned it off.

0:43:080:43:10

FOWLER: They might have some spare petrol

0:43:210:43:23

in that watch tower.

0:43:230:43:25

CAR DOOR OPENS

0:43:250:43:26

Hello!

0:43:320:43:34

FOWLER: It looks like it's deserted.

0:43:420:43:45

I'll go in and have a look.

0:43:450:43:47

OPENS DOOR

0:43:510:43:53

Hello?

0:43:560:43:57

Excusez-moi.

0:44:130:44:14

No.

0:44:220:44:23

Is everything OK?

0:44:230:44:25

FOWLER: Yes. Come up.

0:44:250:44:27

Hey...

0:44:410:44:43

Je vais fermer la porte.

0:44:480:44:50

OK?

0:44:500:44:52

Go easy.

0:44:520:44:53

Whoa-whoa.

0:44:560:44:58

-PYLE:

-C'est bon. C'est pas necessaire.

0:44:580:45:02

What are you thinking?

0:45:330:45:35

I was wondering what she was doing right now.

0:45:380:45:41

WHISPERS: This morning

0:45:500:45:51

she met her friends for elevenses

0:45:510:45:53

at La Fontaine.

0:45:530:45:56

Ice cream and the latest gossip.

0:45:560:45:59

On her way home,

0:46:010:46:02

she stopped at the market

0:46:020:46:04

for fresh fish for dinner.

0:46:040:46:06

And now she's flipping through

0:46:080:46:11

the pages of magazines,

0:46:110:46:14

looking at photographs

0:46:140:46:16

of the royal family and film stars...

0:46:160:46:18

And listening to Bach's well tempered clavier.

0:46:200:46:23

I just got her started on Bach.

0:46:250:46:28

Have you had a lot of women, Thomas?

0:46:340:46:37

You start out by being promiscuous...

0:46:390:46:43

and end up like your grandfather,

0:46:430:46:46

faithful to one woman.

0:46:460:46:48

I know I'm not essential to Phuong...

0:46:500:46:53

But believe me when I tell you

0:46:550:46:58

that if I were to lose her...

0:46:580:47:01

..for me...

0:47:020:47:04

it would be the beginning of death.

0:47:060:47:09

DISTANT GUNFIRE

0:47:120:47:14

Somebody's had it.

0:47:180:47:19

There's 30 or 40 of these towers

0:47:210:47:22

between here and Saigon.

0:47:220:47:25

They only hit one or two a night,

0:47:250:47:26

so our odds aren't too bad.

0:47:260:47:28

SPEAKING VIETNAMESE

0:47:280:47:31

So, what do you think

0:47:310:47:33

they'd do if the communists attacked?

0:47:330:47:35

These two?

0:47:350:47:36

They'd fire a shot and run.

0:47:360:47:38

Why should they die for us?

0:47:380:47:40

Or the French?

0:47:400:47:42

What's that?

0:47:420:47:44

What?

0:47:440:47:45

I thought I saw something move.

0:47:450:47:46

FEMALE SHOUTS IN VIETNAMESE

0:47:510:47:53

Christ, they're here!

0:47:530:47:55

SHOUTS CONTINUE

0:47:550:47:57

FOWLER: As far as I can make out,

0:47:590:48:01

she's told them to give us up or else.

0:48:010:48:03

MAN SPEAKS IN VIETNAMESE

0:48:050:48:07

Stop. Give me that!

0:48:090:48:11

Shh.

0:48:110:48:12

Come on, Thomas.

0:48:120:48:13

What is it?

0:48:210:48:23

I think I twisted my ankle.

0:48:230:48:24

MEN SCREAM

0:48:270:48:29

PANTING AND GRUNTING

0:48:390:48:41

I'm gonna head up the road

0:49:060:49:08

to the next watch tower,

0:49:080:49:10

See if I can't find a French patrol.

0:49:100:49:13

Sit tight, OK?

0:49:130:49:15

I'll be right back.

0:49:150:49:16

DANCE MUSIC PLAYS

0:49:290:49:32

Hey!

0:49:530:49:54

Hey!

0:49:540:49:55

May I introduce myself?

0:49:550:49:57

Thomas Fowler.

0:49:570:49:59

PHUONG LAUGHS

0:50:040:50:06

Thomas.

0:50:150:50:16

Thomas.

0:50:160:50:17

I found a patrol.

0:50:170:50:19

If I had died...

0:50:190:50:21

..you could've had her.

0:50:220:50:24

CHATTERING

0:50:300:50:32

FOWLER: And I think you should inform your sources

0:50:350:50:37

that General The has a lot more men

0:50:370:50:40

than the hundred of their last count.

0:50:400:50:41

He's a story we should take seriously.

0:50:410:50:44

Never underestimate a patriot, sir.

0:50:440:50:47

What do you know about this Muoi chap?

0:50:470:50:49

Would he have the means to finance The's army?

0:50:490:50:51

Muoi. He owns a bicycle factory.

0:50:510:50:53

Well, I think Joe Tunney's plotting

0:50:530:50:56

with both he and The,

0:50:560:50:58

and it's more than just foreign aid programmes.

0:50:580:51:01

I'll see what I can find out, sir.

0:51:010:51:03

JAZZ MUSIC PLAYING

0:51:030:51:05

Things are under control at the office.

0:51:080:51:11

Try to get some rest.

0:51:110:51:12

Thank you, Hinh.

0:51:120:51:13

Mmm. Ahh!

0:51:430:51:46

I miss you!

0:51:460:51:47

Ow. Ow.

0:51:470:51:48

Are you all right?

0:51:480:51:50

I'm all in one piece.

0:51:500:51:51

You got a letter.

0:51:510:51:52

A letter?

0:51:520:51:53

-From London.

-Yes?

0:51:530:51:54

I fetch it for you?

0:51:540:51:56

No.

0:51:560:51:57

Give me a kiss.

0:51:570:51:59

Give me one.

0:51:590:52:00

Mmm.

0:52:000:52:02

Mmm.

0:52:020:52:04

I will get it.

0:52:040:52:06

-PHUONG:

-You look afraid.

0:52:150:52:17

I think I'd better have a brandy and soda.

0:52:170:52:21

KNOCK ON DOOR

0:52:320:52:35

Hello.

0:52:370:52:39

JAZZ MUSIC ENDS

0:52:410:52:43

Pyle. Come in, come in.

0:52:430:52:45

Thought I'd drop by and see how you're doing.

0:52:480:52:50

Very well, thanks.

0:52:500:52:52

Good. How's that leg?

0:52:520:52:54

I expect my tennis game will suffer,

0:52:540:52:56

but it wasn't much to begin with.

0:52:560:52:58

Ah, thank you.

0:53:000:53:03

I'm glad you dropped by.

0:53:030:53:04

We have to thank Mr Pyle, Phuong,

0:53:040:53:07

for saving my life.

0:53:070:53:09

Thank you.

0:53:120:53:14

How's your sister doing?

0:53:140:53:16

Sister?

0:53:160:53:17

Yes. Alden got her a job with Americans.

0:53:170:53:21

Oh, yes?

0:53:210:53:22

She likes it very much. Thank you.

0:53:220:53:25

-PYLE:

-Good. I'm very glad to hear that.

0:53:250:53:27

Since you're both here,

0:53:270:53:29

now is as good a time as any to tell you

0:53:290:53:31

that I have received a letter from my wife

0:53:310:53:35

and she has more or less agreed

0:53:350:53:37

to give me a divorce.

0:53:370:53:39

LAUGHS

0:53:390:53:41

Ow!

0:53:420:53:43

Well, that's wonderful.

0:53:450:53:46

Come sit.

0:53:510:53:53

Oh, no, thank you. Um, I've got plans.

0:53:530:53:56

Thank you for dropping by.

0:53:560:53:57

All right, bye.

0:53:590:54:01

-PYLE:

-Bye, Phuong.

0:54:060:54:07

-PHUONG:

-Goodbye.

0:54:070:54:08

DOOR CLOSES

0:54:080:54:09

HINH SPEAKS VIETNAMESE

0:54:120:54:15

Sir, I...

0:54:190:54:21

I trusted you, Thomas.

0:54:240:54:26

Always a mistake when there's a woman involved.

0:54:280:54:30

Couldn't you have won without lying?

0:54:300:54:33

What is it, anyway?

0:54:330:54:35

My sister read the letter from your wife.

0:54:350:54:39

I show it to her

0:54:390:54:41

because I was so proud,

0:54:410:54:45

so happy.

0:54:450:54:47

How could you treat her like this?

0:54:470:54:49

"Dear Thomas,

0:54:520:54:53

"you always picked up women

0:54:530:54:55

like you picked up mud on your shoes."

0:54:550:54:57

I'm sorry, Phuong.

0:54:570:54:59

So then why did you lie to her?

0:55:000:55:02

Obviously because I wanted to keep her.

0:55:020:55:04

That's not love.

0:55:040:55:05

"Have you ever stopped to think

0:55:100:55:11

"how sad and lonely this girl will be in England,

0:55:110:55:13

especially when you decide to leave her?"

0:55:130:55:15

Shut up, for Christ's sake.

0:55:150:55:16

"I don't believe in divorce.

0:55:190:55:21

"My religion forbids it,

0:55:210:55:23

"and so the answer is no...no."

0:55:230:55:28

I was taught never to read other people's letters.

0:55:280:55:32

I was taught not to tell lies.

0:55:320:55:34

-PYLE:

-Come on, Phuong.

0:55:340:55:35

SPEAKS VIETNAMESE

0:55:350:55:39

I don't speak Vietnamese.

0:55:390:55:41

Get lost.

0:55:410:55:43

You were right about Muoi.

0:55:510:55:52

He does have connections.

0:55:520:55:54

-Can we discuss this some other time, Hinh?

-I am...

0:55:540:55:57

Crates from overseas have been moving

0:55:570:55:59

through his factory, bypassing French customs.

0:55:590:56:01

My sources have been unable to determine

0:56:010:56:03

what they contain.

0:56:030:56:04

He's probably got someone on the take.

0:56:060:56:09

He's an exporter, not an importer.

0:56:090:56:11

Yes, well, about that, we...

0:56:110:56:13

we'll do that tomorrow, OK?

0:56:130:56:15

No, a shipment just came in this afternoon.

0:56:150:56:17

It could be gone by the morning.

0:56:170:56:19

METAL CLANGS

0:56:390:56:41

MAN SPEAKS VIETNAMESE

0:56:420:56:44

DOOR OPENS

0:57:170:57:18

FOWLER: What is this "diolacton"?

0:57:430:57:45

-HINH:

-We must leave immediately.

0:57:450:57:46

Go home. Rest. Go. Go.

0:57:480:57:50

What are you doing?

0:57:530:57:54

Trying to save your life. Go!

0:57:540:57:56

Phuong?

0:58:080:58:09

Phuong?

0:58:240:58:25

Good morning.

0:58:360:58:37

Can I help you?

0:58:370:58:38

I think you've done quite enough already!

0:58:380:58:40

Where's Pyle?

0:58:400:58:43

Alden?

0:58:430:58:44

He's not in the office this morning.

0:58:440:58:46

He does a lot of his work at home.

0:58:460:58:47

I know what he does at home.

0:58:470:58:49

What do you mean?

0:58:490:58:50

Ask her.

0:58:500:58:51

She fixed him up with my girl.

0:58:510:58:53

Now, now, we can't have scenes in the office.

0:58:530:58:55

I know I am behaving badly,

0:58:550:58:56

but I have every intention of behaving badly.

0:58:560:58:58

As a matter of fact,

0:58:580:58:59

this is exactly the kind of situation

0:58:590:59:01

where one should behave badly.

0:59:010:59:03

Could we please just lower our voice...?

0:59:030:59:04

Why don't you bugger off!

0:59:040:59:05

Thomas, there is a lady here.

0:59:050:59:08

This lady and I know each other quite well.

0:59:080:59:10

She tried to get a rake off from me,

0:59:100:59:11

but now she's getting one from Pyle.

0:59:110:59:13

We have a lot of work to do, Thomas.

0:59:130:59:14

If Pyle phones, tell him I called.

0:59:140:59:16

It would be polite to return the visit.

0:59:160:59:19

How did he get in here?

0:59:230:59:24

SOBBING

0:59:280:59:30

This is Boston?

1:00:011:00:03

-PYLE:

-No, that's Niagara falls.

1:00:031:00:05

So is that.

1:00:051:00:08

This is Boston.

1:00:081:00:10

That's Fanueil Hall.

1:00:101:00:11

I can't wait to take you to my country.

1:00:131:00:16

My friend from school,

1:00:261:00:29

she go to airport with her boyfriend.

1:00:291:00:33

He said he take her to France.

1:00:351:00:38

But in the airport he disappear,

1:00:431:00:47

leave her there.

1:00:471:00:50

So many girls with French boyfriend.

1:00:501:00:53

No-one to marry them.

1:00:551:00:57

Well, that'll never happen to you.

1:00:591:01:02

I promise.

1:01:161:01:17

Hi.

1:01:281:01:29

Hi.

1:01:291:01:30

Have a nice Christmas?

1:01:301:01:32

One long party.

1:01:321:01:33

Did Phuong forget something?

1:01:331:01:36

Heard you came by the legation.

1:01:361:01:38

Yes.

1:01:381:01:40

Who's this?

1:01:401:01:41

It's a bodyguard.

1:01:411:01:42

We all have to have them now.

1:01:421:01:44

Are you married yet?

1:01:441:01:46

Um, no, I figured I'd wait until we got home

1:01:461:01:48

and do it properly.

1:01:481:01:49

You don't mind living here improperly?

1:01:491:01:51

You know, it's hard to talk to you

1:01:511:01:53

if you're going to be so cynical.

1:01:531:01:55

I just meant that it would be good

1:01:551:01:55

to do it with my parents there.

1:01:551:01:57

I had a cable from head office.

1:01:571:02:00

They want me back.

1:02:001:02:02

Oh, that's, uh...

1:02:021:02:04

So it's good that Phuong went off with you.

1:02:041:02:06

If I'd had to leave, she might've ended up

1:02:061:02:08

as another piece of ass for someone like Granger.

1:02:081:02:10

At least I know you'll treat her right.

1:02:101:02:12

So, er, does this mean

1:02:121:02:14

that we can still be friends?

1:02:141:02:17

I don't see why not.

1:02:171:02:19

So, what is diolacton, anyway?

1:02:271:02:31

-<

-You know about that?

1:02:311:02:33

Shouldn't I?

1:02:331:02:34

Well, er, diolacton is a milk-based plastic.

1:02:341:02:37

It's used for the frames in the eyeglasses.

1:02:371:02:40

Are you still in touch with General The?

1:02:401:02:42

Well, we keep the channels open.

1:02:421:02:45

And Muoi?

1:02:451:02:46

Mr Muoi's been very helpful in helping us

1:02:461:02:48

get all our supplies through customs.

1:02:481:02:49

You know, the French have started to charge us...

1:02:491:02:51

You asked me for advice once.

1:02:511:02:53

Well, here it is.

1:02:531:02:54

Leave the bloody third force to Joe,

1:02:541:02:56

forget York Harding,

1:02:561:02:58

and go home with Phuong.

1:02:581:03:00

And would you shut the door on the way out, please?

1:03:031:03:05

FOWLER: Morning, Larry. What is it today?

1:03:221:03:25

Ah, you know, some cockamamie assignment.

1:03:251:03:27

-WOMAN:

-Hey, we should go.

1:03:311:03:33

-SECOND WOMAN:

-You think so?

1:03:331:03:34

Joe Tunney said to be out of here

1:03:341:03:35

by ten to eleven. It's five-of now.

1:03:351:03:36

What is it, anyway?

1:03:361:03:38

I'm not sure.

1:03:381:03:39

Is it a demonstration?

1:03:391:03:41

I don't know, but if Joe Tunney says...

1:03:411:03:44

SCREAMING

1:04:011:04:04

SPEAKS VIETNAMESE

1:04:291:04:30

My friend is in there!

1:04:301:04:33

SIREN WAILS

1:06:101:06:12

-HINH:

-Did you cut your hand, sir?

1:06:221:06:24

Yes.

1:06:301:06:32

How is it down there?

1:06:341:06:36

30 dead.

1:06:361:06:38

Probably 20 more by morning.

1:06:381:06:41

They've started arresting communist sympathisers.

1:06:431:06:45

There was a woman...

1:06:471:06:48

..with a baby.

1:06:501:06:51

She covered it with her hat.

1:06:561:06:59

This man...

1:07:121:07:13

he died...

1:07:131:07:15

..right in front of his family.

1:07:171:07:19

Pyle...

1:07:291:07:31

Did you see him?

1:07:331:07:35

He spoke Vietnamese.

1:07:381:07:41

Vietnamese.

1:07:421:07:46

Like it was his, you know,

1:07:461:07:49

native language.

1:07:491:07:51

Larry. Larry!

1:07:531:07:55

Come over here! Get this!

1:07:551:07:56

Move it. Right here! Right here!

1:07:561:07:58

On this side! No, over here. No!

1:07:581:08:00

Get this! Right here!

1:08:001:08:02

Get it right here! Over here!

1:08:021:08:03

No, no, no!

1:08:031:08:04

SPEAKING VIETNAMESE

1:08:041:08:06

CONVERSE IN VIETNAMESE

1:08:121:08:14

Understand?

1:08:211:08:22

Now go make yourself useful somewhere else!

1:08:221:08:24

-PYLE:

-'Diolactin is a milk-based plastic.

1:08:241:08:26

'We use it for the frames in the eyeglasses.

1:08:261:08:29

'Mr Muoi's been very helpful in helping us

1:08:291:08:32

'get all of our supplies through customs.'

1:08:321:08:34

"Casein plastics.

1:08:341:08:36

"Made from milk protein."

1:08:361:08:39

-PYLE:

-'York Harding, Dangers to Democracy.

1:08:391:08:42

'He's the one who put forward the idea of a third force.'

1:08:421:08:44

"Used in the manufacture

1:08:441:08:45

"of imitation tortoiseshell and jade.

1:08:451:08:49

"Trade name, diolacton.

1:08:491:08:51

"Also used as a plasticiser

1:08:511:08:55

"in explosive compounds."

1:08:551:08:58

-PYLE:

-'Joe Tunney's running aid programmes

1:08:581:09:00

'with some of the businesspeople close to The.'

1:09:001:09:03

Muoi...

1:09:031:09:05

and The...

1:09:051:09:07

-MUOI:

-'It will take an independent Vietnamese leader to rule our country.'

1:09:071:09:10

FOWLER: The Americans have been supplying them

1:09:101:09:13

with materials to make bombs.

1:09:131:09:16

-TUNNEY:

-'Fowler sees conspiracies everywhere.'

1:09:181:09:22

I have some contacts who would like to speak to your friend.

1:09:221:09:27

Joe Tunney?

1:09:271:09:29

Pyle?

1:09:311:09:33

They feel he can give them

1:09:331:09:36

important information about all this.

1:09:361:09:39

You're saying Pyle is OSS?

1:09:391:09:42

I believe the new name is CIA.

1:09:421:09:45

Anyone can speak to him.

1:09:501:09:52

It's not so easy.

1:09:521:09:53

He's followed by protectors.

1:09:531:09:56

But if you ask to meet with him,

1:09:561:09:59

man to man,

1:09:591:10:01

he would come alone.

1:10:011:10:03

SIREN WAILS

1:10:031:10:05

These contacts, are they communists?

1:10:091:10:12

Officially, no.

1:10:121:10:13

Unofficially, yes.

1:10:131:10:16

I don't know.

1:10:161:10:18

Suppose you invite him to dinner

1:10:181:10:20

at the Vieux Moulin, say, between 9.00, 9.30.

1:10:201:10:24

It's quiet near there.

1:10:241:10:26

My friends can speak to him undisturbed.

1:10:261:10:30

Maybe he's engaged.

1:10:301:10:32

At 6.30...

1:10:321:10:34

my contacts will have someone in the street

1:10:341:10:37

outside your apartment.

1:10:371:10:39

All you have to do,

1:10:391:10:41

if you decide to invite him to dinner,

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go to the window and open a book.

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What will they do to him?

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I promise you

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my contact will act as gently

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as the situation allows.

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Sooner or later, Mr Fowler,

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one has to take sides

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if one is to remain human.

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Pyle...

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I need to speak to you

1:11:301:11:32

about what happened this morning

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in the Place Garnier.

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INDISTINCT VOICES

1:11:531:11:56

Phuong.

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A letter for you.

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MEN CONVERSE IN VIETNAMESE

1:12:051:12:07

Thank you.

1:12:071:12:08

Just give me a few minutes, all right?

1:12:081:12:10

SPEAKING VIETNAMESE

1:12:161:12:18

DOOR CLOSES

1:12:351:12:37

KNOCK ON DOOR

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KNOCKING PERSISTS

1:12:481:12:50

Come in.

1:12:531:12:55

I got your message.

1:12:591:13:01

So I see.

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Lie down, lie down.

1:13:031:13:05

I'd love a drink.

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I've only got hard liquor

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and you're probably on duty.

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As a matter of fact, I've noticed

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you're rarely off-duty these days.

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Whisky would be fine.

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People change.

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Or maybe they just never were

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what we thought they were.

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Hmm?

1:13:241:13:25

Who of us is, Thomas?

1:13:251:13:27

Who of us is?

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So, I suppose you want to talk about General The.

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Yes. and Mr Muoi...

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and diolacton.

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Well, we met with The this afternoon.

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He's in Saigon?

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Come to see how his explosives worked(?)

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You know, his original target was a military parade.

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I don't mind telling you that we were pretty tough on him.

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Did you tell him

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you weren't going to support him any more?

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We told him that if he steps out of line again...

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He tried to kill you on the road to Saigon.

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No. He tried to kill you.

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And you knew?

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Well, I suspected he might try something,

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or one of his officers might,

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so I tagged along just in case.

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Then you're a fool if you think

1:14:171:14:18

you can control General The.

1:14:181:14:20

In a war, you use the tools you've got,

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and right now he's the best we have.

1:14:221:14:25

Yes, and in the meantime, even more people must die.

1:14:251:14:28

Last year, the US Government

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gave 210 million in military assistance

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to the French in Indochina.

1:14:321:14:33

If we are going to stop communism

1:14:331:14:35

and underwrite a third way,

1:14:351:14:38

we need to give the people a leader who they admire.

1:14:381:14:40

Tomorrow morning, when Congress

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reads the reports and sees the photographs

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of the communist atrocities in the square,

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they are going to give us that support.

1:14:451:14:47

The French aren't going to stop the communists.

1:14:471:14:49

They haven't got the brains

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and they haven't got the guts.

1:14:511:14:52

How did I fit into all this?

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Am I part of your cover?

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Or a source of information?

1:15:021:15:04

Or did you have your eye on Phuong

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all the time?

1:15:081:15:10

You and Phuong, I never planned

1:15:101:15:11

for any of that to happen.

1:15:111:15:13

Believe me, it would have been easier

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if I never met either one of you.

1:15:151:15:16

But you did,

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and you lied to us.

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What do you want me to tell you, Thomas?

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That I take no action,

1:15:221:15:23

that I have no opinion?

1:15:231:15:25

Tell me that you don't mean any of this.

1:15:281:15:31

Tell me that you were only obeying orders

1:15:311:15:34

or...or tell me

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that after what you saw in the square -

1:15:361:15:37

those children

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who did nothing and hurt no-one -

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tell me that you were so confused and horrified

1:15:401:15:42

at how brutal and insane these actions are...

1:15:421:15:46

Tell me how your love for Phuong

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has caused you to have some doubts.

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But it is because of Phuong

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that I am even more determined.

1:15:511:15:53

Let's just look at Phuong.

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This beauty,

1:15:551:15:57

this daughter of a professor.

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Taxi dancer, mistress of an older European man.

1:15:581:16:01

Well, that pretty well describes

1:16:011:16:02

the whole country, doesn't it?

1:16:021:16:04

Look, Thomas, we are here

1:16:041:16:05

to save Vietnam from all of that.

1:16:051:16:08

What happened in the square today makes me sick.

1:16:081:16:10

But in the long run, I'm going to save lives.

1:16:101:16:13

It's you, isn't it?

1:16:151:16:18

Joe Tunney,

1:16:181:16:19

the staff at the legation,

1:16:191:16:21

Mr Muoi, General The,

1:16:211:16:24

they all take their fucking orders

1:16:241:16:27

from you, Pyle.

1:16:271:16:28

York Harding prattles on about a third force

1:16:281:16:31

in that book you carry around.

1:16:311:16:33

You've actually gone out and made one.

1:16:341:16:37

I don't think you see the big picture, Thomas.

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No, I do not see the big picture.

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FOWLER: Do you know this poem?

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"I walk down the street, and I don't give a damn.

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"The people, they stare, and they ask who I am.

1:17:001:17:03

"And if by chance I should run over a cat,

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"I can pay for the damage if ever so bad."

1:17:071:17:12

We can disagree and remain friends,

1:17:131:17:15

can't we, Thomas?

1:17:151:17:16

Yes.

1:17:211:17:23

Look, er, I'm sorry.

1:17:241:17:26

Let's have dinner

1:17:261:17:27

and put all this mess behind us.

1:17:271:17:30

Nine o'clock, Vieux Moulin, OK?

1:17:301:17:33

That sounds great.

1:17:331:17:35

You know, I miss our conversations.

1:17:351:17:37

Vieux Moulin it is.

1:17:371:17:40

All right, then.

1:17:401:17:41

Um, I'll tell Phuong

1:17:411:17:42

that she can have dinner with her sister.

1:17:421:17:45

I'll get her to meet me here afterward.

1:17:451:17:47

Look, if, uh...

1:17:521:17:54

if you can't make it,

1:17:541:17:56

come straight here.

1:17:561:17:57

I'll wait for you.

1:17:571:17:59

All right. I'll see you soon, Thomas.

1:17:591:18:02

DOOR CLOSES

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ACCORDION MUSIC PLAYS

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Walk.

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CHAIR SQUEAKS

1:19:531:19:55

Uhh. I need to talk to somebody who speaks English.

1:19:551:19:59

See, it's my son's birthday tonight.

1:19:591:20:03

SHOUTING IN VIETNAMESE

1:20:031:20:05

We need to ask you some questions.

1:20:101:20:12

Look, I'm from the American legation.

1:20:121:20:14

I'm just trying to help people see.

1:20:141:20:15

DOG BARKS

1:20:151:20:17

The thing is, I, er...

1:20:201:20:22

I got a cable from my wife.

1:20:221:20:25

My boy has polio.

1:20:291:20:30

They don't know if he's going to make it.

1:20:301:20:33

I don't care if he's crippled.

1:20:371:20:39

I just don't want him to die.

1:20:391:20:41

GASPING

1:21:131:21:15

GROANING

1:21:151:21:17

I'm sorry. I've just got to get some air.

1:21:211:21:23

MAN ON RADIO: 'At least 2,000 people were killed

1:22:081:22:11

'and scores of others injured.

1:22:111:22:13

'In the wake of last week's

1:22:131:22:15

'devastating bomb blast in Saigon,

1:22:151:22:17

'French officials report that...'

1:22:171:22:18

KNOCK ON DOOR

1:22:181:22:21

Phuong?

1:22:211:22:23

I'm sorry to bother you,

1:22:251:22:27

but, er, would you mind

1:22:271:22:28

to come downstairs with me for a moment?

1:22:281:22:30

What do you want?

1:22:301:22:32

There's something I would like to show you.

1:22:321:22:34

It seems Monsieur Pyle

1:22:361:22:38

came to see you the night he died.

1:22:381:22:41

So what, Vigot?

1:22:411:22:42

You said he did not.

1:22:421:22:44

By the way...

1:22:461:22:48

we found Pyle's dog.

1:22:481:22:51

They cut his throat.

1:22:511:22:52

RUBBING FLOOR

1:22:541:22:56

You see here?

1:22:561:22:57

Pyle's dog

1:22:571:22:59

had cement between its toes.

1:22:591:23:01

This was poured

1:23:011:23:03

on the afternoon of his murder.

1:23:031:23:05

So what does that prove?

1:23:051:23:07

Monsieur Bertrand of the Vieux Moulin

1:23:091:23:11

told me that night

1:23:111:23:13

you asked for a table for one,

1:23:131:23:17

not two.

1:23:171:23:18

I have nothing more to add

1:23:201:23:21

to my original statement.

1:23:211:23:23

Nothing?

1:23:261:23:28

You know I didn't kill him, Vigot.

1:23:321:23:35

There's a war on.

1:23:391:23:42

People are dying every day.

1:23:421:23:45

DANCE MUSIC PLAYS

1:24:041:24:06

Ask another girl.

1:25:031:25:04

I don't want another girl.

1:25:061:25:08

Will you come back now, Phuong?

1:25:381:25:40

Will you come back to me?

1:25:411:25:43

To London?

1:25:431:25:44

No.

1:25:441:25:46

Not to London.

1:25:461:25:48

Then I don't come back.

1:25:491:25:52

Please, I...

1:25:521:25:53

I can't take you to London...

1:25:551:25:57

..because I'm not going.

1:25:591:26:00

I'm not leaving you.

1:26:021:26:04

Never.

1:26:101:26:12

Will you come back to me?

1:26:151:26:17

Will you take down my hair?

1:26:501:26:53

Yes.

1:26:531:26:54

Do you miss him?

1:27:121:27:14

Yes.

1:27:211:27:23

I'm sorry.

1:27:241:27:26

Why are you sorry?

1:27:281:27:30

I don't know.

1:27:301:27:33

I just feel that...

1:27:351:27:37

I ought to apologise to someone.

1:27:371:27:40

Not to me.

1:27:431:27:45

Never to me.

1:27:471:27:49

'They say you come to Vietnam

1:27:571:27:59

'and understand a lot in a few minutes.

1:27:591:28:03

'The rest has got to be lived.

1:28:031:28:06

'They say whatever it was you were looking for

1:28:061:28:10

'you will find here.

1:28:101:28:12

'They say there is a ghost in every house,

1:28:131:28:18

'and if you can make peace with him,

1:28:181:28:20

'he will stay quiet.'

1:28:201:28:22

Saigon, 1952 - Vietnam is caught in the grips of war against the French. A jaded English journalist finds himself embroiled in the politics of war through a troubled love triangle. Leading a relatively undisturbed existence with his beautiful mistress, he is disturbed by the arrival of a young American aid worker, whose interventionist political zeal jars with the older man.

Based on the novel by Graham Greene.


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