The Constant Gardener

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.
Production: Focus Features
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 35 wins & 68 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min

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-

I could label you. "Tessa."

I'm serious.

Um, yeah, I can see you are.

And in what-what capacity should I take you to Africa?

I don't mind. You can take me as your mistress, lover, wife.

There's too much choice.

I- Well, I'm-

I'm flattered that you would like - No. No.

Rate this script:(5.00 / 1 vote)

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…

All Jeffrey Caine scripts | Jeffrey Caine Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted by aviv on November 30, 2016

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "The Constant Gardener" STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 8 May 2021. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    The Constant Gardener

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.