The English Patient script
Synopsis: The English Patient is a 1996 British-American romantic drama film directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was released to critical acclaim, and received 12 nominations at the 69th Academy Awards, eventually winning nine, including Best Picture, Best Director for Minghella and Best Supporting Actress for Juliette Binoche.

The Merchant Doctor crouches in front of the curtain of bottles and

MAKES A SKIN CUP with the soles of his feet, then leans back to pluck,

hardly looking, certain bottles, which he uncorks and mixes in the bowl

he'd made with his feet. This mixture he uses to anoint the burned

skin. Next he finds green-black PASTE - ground Peacock Bone - and

BEGINS TO RUB IT on to the Pilot's rib cage. All the while he us

humming and chanting. The bottles continue to jingle.


The sand gives way to trees, the jingling bottles to distant church

bells, as A CONVOY OF TWENTY TRUCKS - Red Cross vehicles and some

supply vehicles - snakes along a bumpy hill road. The war in Italy is

largely over and the Allies are moving up the country, the wounded and

supply lines slowly following.


A young CANADIAN NURSE, HANA, sits in a truck full of patients. Hana

pays special care to the PATIENT lying in the stretcher alongside her.

This is the PILOT - now known as THE ENGLISH PATIENT. A web of scars

covers the Patient's face and body. They have the quality of a livid

tattoo, magenta and green-black. The hair has largely gone and the

effect is curious, lassoing his features, the strong nose, the eyes

liquid. It's a warrior's face. But he has no physical strength. He

coughs violently as the trucks shudders along the road.


A JEEP pulls out of the line and approaches the Red Cross truck

containing Hana and the Patient. The horn blows and Hana looks out to

see it contains her best friend, JAN. TWO YOUNG SOLDIERS sit up front,

one driving, both grinning. Jan signals for Hana's attention.

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Anthony Minghella

Anthony Minghella, CBE (6 January 1954 – 18 March 2008) was a British film director, playwright and screenwriter. He was chairman of the board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007. more…

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