|Set in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1952 during the French Indochina war, The Quiet American is about A middle-aged British reporter for the London Times, Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine), who has been working in Vietnam, covering politics and enjoying the local culture. He lives with a beautiful young woman, Phuong, a taxi dancer who he rescued from that undesirable profession. He cannot marry her, because he is already married to a Catholic woman in London who does not believe in divorce. But he truly loves her. When a young American doctor, Alden Pyle, falls in love with Phuong, threatening to take her from Fowler, everything changes. Not only is Fowler's romantic life put in danger, but he begins to uncover disturbing information about the U.S.'s involvement in the war.