The Ugly American

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The Ugly American

politics southeast asia fictitious country u.s. ambassador

The Ugly American

Release Date: April 02, 1963

Year    :   1963
Slogan    :   «The most explosive adventure of our time!»
Genres    :   Thriller, Drama
Production Companies    :   Universal International Pictures
Director    :   George Englund
Producers    :   George Englund
Writers    :   Stewart Stern, Eugene Burdick, William J. Lederer
RunTime    :   115 mins.

An intelligent, articulate scholar, Harrison MacWhite, survives a hostile Senate confirmation hearing at the hands of conservatives to become ambassador to Sarkan, a southeast Asian country where civil war threatens a tense peace. Despite his knowledge, once he's there, MacWhite sees only a dichotomy between the U.S. and Communism. He can't accept that anti-American sentiment might be a longing for self-determination and nationalism. So, he breaks from his friend Deong, a local opposition leader, ignores a foreman's advice about slowing the building of a road, and tries to muscle ahead. What price must the country and his friends pay for him to get some sense?




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