The American Friend
- Original title
Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)
- Running time
- 121 min.
- Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Wim Wenders (Novel: Patricia Highsmith)
Bruno Ganz, Dennis Hopper, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain, Andreas Dedecke, David Blue, Stefan Lennert, Rudolf Schündler, Heinz Joachim Klein, Rosemarie Heinikel, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller, Lou Castel, Daniel Schmid, Sandy Whitelaw, Jean Eustache
Co-production Germany - West Germany (FRG)-Germany-France; Road Movies Filmproduktion, Les Films du Losange, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Bavaria Film, Filmverlag der Autoren, Wim Wenders Productions
Thriller. Drama | Crime. Neo-noir. Road Movie. Cult Movie
- Movie Groups
Patricia Highsmith Adaptations
- Synopsis / Plot
- Jonathan Zimmermann, a picture framer in Hamburg is diagnosed as having leu leukemia. Ripley, an American art dealer dealing in forgeries, uses this fact to arrange for a mob associate of his to recruit Zimmermann as a hit man. Zimmermann agrees to this because this would ensure his family's financial future. Zimmermann descends into a nightmare world of deceit and double dealing. The narrative acts as a metaphor for the relationship between American (Hollywood) and post-war German culture. The appearance of several Hollywood directors in cameo roles underlines this.
: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
: César Awards: Best Foreign Film
: 3 German Film Award: including Best Director
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