The Constant Gardener script
Synopsis: Assigned to a new post, reserved British diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) relocates to Kenya with his lovely young wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), an activist for social justice. When Tessa is found murdered out in the wilderness, circumstances point to her friend, Dr. Arnold Bluhm (Hubert Koundé), but it is soon clear that he's not the killer. Grief-stricken and angry, Justin sets out to uncover the truth behind Tessa's murder -- and in the process, he unearths some disturbing revelations.


Are you all right? Yes, thanks.

You were courageous. No. No, I was completely rude.

- It was just bad behavior, and I- - You were impassioned.

I'm so embarrassed. Sorry.

Please don't be embarrassed. I'm really sorry.

And, uh, thanks very much. You... tried to protect me.

Very feebly. No, you were-you were- You weren't feeble. I just-

Anyway, it was a very dull lecture.

It was a dull lecture, but even so I shouldn't have-

Well, look, can I- can I buy you a coffee or-

I owe you a drink. Come on. All right. You can buy me a drink.

I'm Justin, by the way. Tessa. How do you do?

Pleased to meet you. Yeah, yeah. Pleased to meet you.

- You were quite scary, but I don't blame you.

It was absolute bollocks,

so you're quite right to challenge-

I'm rather nervous, I have to confess.

Me too. This way.

Oh, do come in.

Yeah, please. Of course.

Thank you. You lead the way.

Go ahead. Go ahead. Take a left. All right.


There we go.

Thank you. What for?

For... this wonderful gift.

How very generous of me.

No, I-

You-You're so-

You know what I mean. I know what you mean.

I feel safe with you.

I can imagine when you were six.

You leading the revolution.

No. No, I was very conventional.

Here, Justin, put this on.

Mr. Quayle? Please.


Know this lady, sir?

Yes, I do. It's, uh-

It's my wife, Tessa.


Come on.


My God, what a surprise.

How'd you get in?

Take me to Africa with you.

What? Roll you up in a rug?

Pack you in a tea chest? Very funny.

I'd have to smuggle you in as illicit goods.

I couldn't declare you.

Oh, listen. I could put you in one of these plant boxes, and-

You'd be very comfortable wrapped up in a little piece of, uh-

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Jeffrey Caine

Jeffrey Caine was born in 1944 in London, England. He is a writer and actor, known for GoldenEye (1995), The Constant Gardener (2005) and Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014). more…

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