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The American Friend

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Original title
Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)
Running time
121 min.
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Wim Wenders (Novel: Patricia Highsmith)
Jürgen Knieper
Robby Müller
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.
1977: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
1977: César Awards: Best Foreign Film
1977: 3 German Film Award: including Best Director
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