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The American Friend

The American Friend

Director: Wim Wenders

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  1974

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Synopsis

In THE AMERICAN FRIEND, acclaimed director Wim Wenders transforms Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game into a gripping European noir.

Professional frame maker Jonathan (Bruno Ganz) has been diagnosed with a terminal blood disease. A chance encounter with the enigmatic Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) offers him a way to ensure a stable future for his family. But as Jonathan embarks on his new and dangerous role, Tom questions his motives for involving his new friend.

Superbly shot by Robbie Müller, Wim Wenders draws on his love of American cinema and pays homage to the B-movie and Film Noir tradition. The result is one of his finest films.

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Cast

Starring: 

Bruno Ganz, Dennis Hopper, Lisa Kreuzer

Credits

Director: Wim Wenders

Writer(s): 

Wim Wenders

Producers: 

Peter Genee, Wim Wenders

Editor:  Peter Przygodda

Cinematographer:  Robby Müller

Music: 

Jurgen Knieper

Production Details

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  1974

Language:  German

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  121 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Thriller

DVD Release Date:  14th July 2008

Reviews

TIME OUT

"Superb"

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THE GUARDIAN

"outstanding... exceedingly good... Ganz gives a wholly remarkable performance... a thriller and a half"

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THE GUARDIAN

EMPIRE

"fascinating... extremely powerful... perfect Hitchcockian set-pieces... Bruno Ganz is excellent"

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THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

"elaborate and brilliant"

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THE SUNDAY-TIMES

"a really extraordinary performance by Ganz... stunning"

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THE SUNDAY-TIMES

ROGER EBERT

"visually rich... hypnotic"

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