The Ugly American (1963)

An intelligent, articulate scholar, Harrison MacWhite, survives a hostile Senate confirmation hearing at the hands of conservatives to become ambassador to Sarkan, a southeast Asian country where civil war threatens a tense peace. Despite his knowledge, once he's there, MacWhite sees only a dichotomy between the U.S. and Communism. He can't accept that anti-American sentiment might be a longing for self-determination and nationalism. So, he breaks from his friend Deong, a local opposition leader, ignores a foreman's advice about slowing the building of a road, and tries to muscle ahead. What price must the country and his friends pay for him to get some sense?

Directing:
  • George Englund

Writing:
  • Eugene Burdick
  • Stewart Stern
  • William J. Lederer

Stars:
Release Date: 1963-04-02
themoviedb icon 6.7/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 115

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