Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)1977
Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend) (1977)
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as Jonathan Zimmermann
as Tom Ripley
as Marianne Zimmermann
as Raoul Minot
as Prokasch, aka Derwatt
as The American
as Doctor in Paris
as Friendly Man
as Bandaged Man
as Allan Winter
as Old Lady
as Dr. Gabriel
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Critic Reviews for Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)
... only a filmmaker as humane as [director Wim Wenders] could recognize there's no way out of the story's moral corruption.
An absorbing but rarefied, introspective variation on traditional thrilleer motifs, it's probably not the synthetis between the personal and traditional that Wenders needs but it's a fascinating compulsively watchable experiment.
Superb adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel Ripley's Game, with Hopper as her amiably cynical hero.
There's something cheerfully perverse about filming a thriller and then tossing out the parts that would help it make sense, but Wim Wenders has a certain success with the method.
Gripping 1977 American thriller from Wim Wenders that turns back on itself with deadly European irony.
Audience Reviews for Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)
Nice performances, but too slow for me. And unlike others, I didn't find much to savor here. A thriller/mystery this predictable coupled with such a sluggish pacing is not my cup of entertainment.
beautifully shot and atmospheric thriller based on ripley's game with a great performance by bruno ganz. i admit i found it hard to imagine hopper as ripley but he was quite good too. and it seems to be making a statement about u.s vs. europe. don't trust the americans? hmm...
A brilliant art house noir by Wim Wenders, adapted from Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game. Bruno Ganz plays Jonathan Zimmermann, a picture framer with an incurable blood disease, whose precariousness of health is manipulated by Dennis Hopper's Tom Ripley, a sociopathic art dealer seeking to recruit a contract killer for a gangland associate. Eager to provide his wife and son with some financial security before his 'imminent' demise, Zimmermann is sucked into the criminal underworld. Wenders' presentation is dazzling enough to prevent us from scrutinising the rather implausible plot too closely. There are a couple of artsy digressions - unfortunate, because Robby Müller's stunning photography ensures that the film would have been just as aesthetically pleasing without them - but, happily, Wenders doesn't let them get in the way of the story. I could have done without some of Hopper's trademark nutty behaviour - he's Dennis Hopper, right! I'll buy the fact that he's crazy sight unseen - but it's fun to see him playing opposite Nicholas Ray, the director who gave him an early break with Rebel Without a Cause. Curiously, the protagonist here is called Zimmerman(n) and the film closes with Ripley mumbling the lyrics to Bob Dylan's I Pity the Poor Immigrant. Coincidence?
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