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The American Friend

4.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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A thriller that's nearly devoid of thrills? That's not a complaint--it's what makes The American Friend one of the most stylish (and, at the time, most expensive) films to emerge from the New German Cinema of the 1970s. Loosely adapting Patricia Hi

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A thriller that's nearly devoid of thrills? That's not a complaint--it's what makes The American Friend one of the most stylish (and, at the time, most expensive) films to emerge from the New German Cinema of the 1970s. Loosely adapting Patricia Highsmith's mystery novel Ripley's Game, director Wim Wenders shifted priority from plotting to character, emphasizing a richly colorful and atmospheric approach to locations in Hamburg, where a picture-framer (Bruno Ganz) is lured into an assassination scheme involving a mysterious Frenchman (Gerard Blain) and the titular American friend, Tom Ripley (played by Dennis Hopper, a far cry from Matt Damon's portrayal of the same character in The Talented Mr. Ripley). The plotting is vague to the point of irrelevance; Wenders prefers to maintain the aura of mystery, as opposed to generating any conventional suspense, and expresses his affection for American movies by casting favorite directors Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller in pivotal supporting roles. The result is an intoxicating example of cinematic cross-pollination. --Jeff Shannon


Special features

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Wim Wenders and Star Dennis Hopper
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Writer/Director Wim Wenders

Product details

  • Actors: Ismael Alonso, Gérard Blain, Lou Castel, Andreas Dedecke, Jean Eustache
  • Directors: Wim Wenders
  • Writers: Wim Wenders, Patricia Highsmith
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00006LPC6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,804 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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