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The American Friend (1977)

Der amerikanische Freund (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 28 September 1977 (France)
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Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.

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Wim Wenders

Writers:

Patricia Highsmith (novel), Wim Wenders
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Tom Ripley
Bruno Ganz ... Jonathan Zimmermann
Lisa Kreuzer ... Marianne Zimmermann
Gérard Blain ... Raoul Minot
Nicholas Ray ... Derwatt
Samuel Fuller ... Der Amerikaner
Peter Lilienthal ... Marcangelo
Daniel Schmid ... Igraham
Sandy Whitelaw Sandy Whitelaw ... Arzt in Paris
Jean Eustache ... Freundlicher Mann
Lou Castel ... Rodolphe
Andreas Dedecke Andreas Dedecke ... Daniel
David Blue David Blue ... Allan Winter
Stefan Lennert Stefan Lennert ... Auktionator
Rudolf Schündler ... Gantner
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Storyline

Tom Ripley has a sweet deal with an art forger. The forger creates the paintings; Tom sells them. But another criminal business associate wants Tom to go in for an even riskier enterprise: murder. Tom suggests his associate ask a local picture framer instead. That man has a fatal disease, or so it's rumored. More, he has a wife and kid that surely he wouldn't want to leave penniless. Let this picture framer be a hit man, and no one will suspect. The terminally ill craftsman may agree to the misdeed, and several more, but he'll end up needing Tom Ripley in a pinch. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

West Germany | France

Language:

German | English | French

Release Date:

28 September 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The American Friend See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,978
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Bruno Ganz carried a real gun during the scene in which he assassinates a man in the train station, because, humorously enough, the filmmakers could not afford a fake gun. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Derwatt: Who is it?
Tom Ripley: It's Ripley.
Derwatt: The door is open.
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The acting credits are divided into: the four leads, the rest of the cast, and the six directors who make guest appearances ("Als Gäste die Regisseure"). See more »

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One of the best films ever made.
2 February 2002 | by billcodySee all my reviews

Had to put my two cents in this Wenders masterpiece.

I don't know what to think of the poster who said this film is boring. The train scene is amazing. The use of pop culture references predates Tarentino by twenty years. The use of primary colors. Dennis Hopper as Ripley! (Miramax had the gall to try and pawn the ever bland Matt Damon off as Ripley. Patricia Highsmith was probably turning over in her grave!) It doesn't get better than this.

If you don't get this film - stick to television. I'm sure those Suddenly Susan reruns on WGN will keep you occupied and amused.


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