The Constant GardenerBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7514.462 (Published 18 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:462
- Jeanner Lenzer (email@example.com), medical investigative journalist
- Kingston, New York state, USA
A Harris Poll last year that found only 13% of the US public believes that pharmaceutical firms are “generally honest and trustworthy.” That low regard puts drug companies on a par with tobacco and oil companies. However, drug companies might look back fondly at that 13% rating after The Constant Gardener opens in US cinemas on 26 August.
The film, based on the eponymous novel by John le Carré, opens with the brutal murder of a young activist, Tessa Quayle (played by Rachel Weisz), in Kenya. Her husband, Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes), a member of the British High Commission, is forced to navigate a deadly house of mirrors, and some personal demons, in order to pursue her killers. Along the way, he uncovers diplomatic secrets, corporate conspiracy, …