Reviews Film

The Constant Gardener

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 18 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:462
  1. Jeanner Lenzer (, medical investigative journalist
  1. Kingston, New York state, USA

    Directed by Fernando Meirelles US release date: 26 August UK release date: 7 October

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    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, …

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