The second film version of Graham Greene's sad and prescient 1955 novel about American involvement in Vietnam hews far closer to the book than the first, preserving the sophisticated ambiguity of his depiction of a tangled struggle for power played out on both personal and political fronts. French Indochina, 1952. In the rural north, the French colonial government is under siege by communist Vietminh guerillas. But the fighting hasn't reached Saigon, where veteran journalist Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine) maintains a cozy routine of tea at the Continental Hotel, occasional stories for The London Times
and luxuriating in the attentions of his 22-year-old mistres...