The American Friend

The American Friend

DVD - 2016
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A young picture framer thinks that he has terminal disease and is set up to become a hired assassin in West Germany because of the lure of quick money.
Publisher: [United States] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2016]
Edition: Special edition
ISBN: 9781681430980
1681430983
Call Number: DVD F AMER
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,surround,5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio,rda
2 videodiscs (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Bruno Ganz and Dennis Hopper star in this tense, enigmatic thriller about a quiet picture framer who gets sucked into a criminal underworld and fears revealing his predicament to family members or the police. The framer’s agony plays out against a backdrop of moody color cinematography by Robby M... Read More »


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AL_ALISON Aug 13, 2017

Super great Wim Wender's movie based on a Patricia Highsmith book. Interesting plot with beautiful cinematography.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 15, 2016

The American Friend is loosely based upon Patricia Highsmith’s psychological suspense/murder novel Ripley’s game. This is the same (Tom) Ripley played by Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley and played by Alain Delon in Purple Noon, and played by John Malkovich in Ripley’s Game. Highsmith is also the author of Strangers on the Train, which was spotted by Hitchcock and made into one of his top five films (my opinion). Wenders adds a touch of surrealism with the seemingly half-crazed acting of Dennis Hopper (who even outdoes his crazed acting of this film in Apocalyse Now and in Blue Velvet).

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todbacke
Dec 07, 2012

Visually rich characters and locations. This copy has commentary with Wim and Dennis in 2002. Some interesting facts about the making of the film are sprinkled into the commentary (Dennis is pretty subdued, it's mostly Wim). The score is fantastic, some of the best original music for a film in this era. Well worth the wait.

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