The American Friend
- Original title
Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)
- Running time
- 121 min.
- Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Wim Wenders (Novel: Patricia Highsmith)
Heinz Joachim Klein,
Co-production Germany - West Germany (FRG)-Germany-France; Road Movies Filmproduktion / Les Films du Losange / Westdeutschen Rundfunk / 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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