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.


There's meant to be lace in the next

village - the boys are taking me.


I'm not sewing anything else.



You don't have any money, do you?

Just in case there's silk.




Hana, I know you do!

Hana leans under the tarpaulin, holding some DOLLARS. The two hands -

hers and Jan's - reach for each other as the vehicles bump along side

by side. They laugh at the effort. Jan's GOLD BRACELET catches the

sun and glints.


I'm not sewing anything else for you!


(getting the money)

I love you.

The Jeep accelerates away. Hana sighs to the patient.

Suddenly AN EXPLOSION shatters the calm as the jeep runs over a MINE.

The jeep is THROWN into the air. The convoy halts and there's chaos as

soldiers run back pulling people out of the vehicles. Hana runs the

other way, towards the accident, until she is prevented from passing by

a soldier.


-- and there's still chaos as two SAPPERS arrive on motorcycles. One

of them, a SIKH, wears a turban.

The motorcycles arrive at the front of the convoy. A nurse, MARY, is

helping a doctor, OLIVER, attend to the injured driver. The other two

bodies are covered with blankets. There's blood everywhere. The Sikh

and his colleague pull out the paraphernalia of their bomb disposal



KIP, the Sikh Lieutenant, and HARDY, his sergeant, explore the road

ahead of the becalmed convoy, using saucer-like METAL DETECTORS and

HEADSETS. Kip is young, lithe, contained, utterly focused as they inch

along the debris-strewn road. He stiffens as he registers metal. With

a bayonet he carefully scrapes at the mud-caked surface. Something

GLEAMS. Suddenly, A PAIR OF FEET walks across his vision as HANA

HURRIES PAST, walking carelessly up the road. It's so surreal that

neither man registers at first, and then Kip is shouting.

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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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