Saigon: Year of the Cat

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Saigon: Year of the Cat
Screenplay byDavid Hare
Directed byStephen Frears
StarringJudi Dench
Frederic Forrest
Chic Murray
Wallace Shawn
Theme music composerGeorge Fenton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Michael Dunlop
David Hare
Verity Lambert
CinematographyJim Howlett
Editor(s)Oscar Webb
Running time105 minutes
Production company(s)Thames Television
Original release
  • 29 November 1983 (1983-11-29)

Saigon: Year of the Cat is a British television drama from 1983, produced by Thames Television for ITV. It is directed by Stephen Frears, written by David Hare, and stars Judi Dench, Frederic Forrest, E. G. Marshall, Wallace Shawn and Chic Murray.


The year is 1974, and Barbara Dean (Judi Dench), a British assistant manager in a foreign bank in Saigon, begins a relationship with American Bob Chesneau (Frederic Forrest). She quickly realises that he works for the CIA and he knows that the fall of South Vietnam is very near.

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