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The American Friend (2-DVD)

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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 12, 2016
  • Originally Released: 1977
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
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Original story by
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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 23


User Ratings: 4,779
A moody and entrancing film.
Jul 1, 2004
... only a filmmaker as humane as [director Wim Wenders] could recognize there's no way out of the story's moral corruption. Full Review
Feb 14, 2018
Rating: 8/10 -- Crafty and beguiling and unexpectedly smart about people. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Jun 4, 2015
Rating: 3/4 -- Most Highsmith adaptations have turned out to be satisfying movies -- the earliest example being Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train and the most recent being Carol -- and this one's no exception. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Feb 6, 2016
Gripping 1977 American thriller from Wim Wenders that turns back on itself with deadly European irony. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
...A French-flavored thriller about friendship, isolation, and its own moody self...
Entertainment Weekly
Mar 21, 2003
Rating: 4/4 -- A gripping Hitchockian thriller based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith. Full Review
TV Guide
Oct 23, 2007

Product Description:

Jonathan Zimmermann, a German picture-framer, is dying of a rare blood disease. Despite his illness, the happily married Jonathan does his best to live each day to the fullest with his wife and child. But when Tom Ripley, a cunning American gangster, learns of Jonathan's sickness, he convinces the dying man--deeply concerned about his family's financial future--to work as a hit man for a big payoff. Will Jonathan get in over his head by making a deal that could ruin what's left of his life' German director Wim Wenders delivers a sensitive, film-noirish tribute to the American gangster film, based on the novel RIPLEY'S GAME by Patricia Highsmith.


Production Notes:

  • Film screened at 1977 New York Film Festival, and at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival.

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  • Sales Rank: 91,793
  • UPC: 715515165815
  • Shipping Weight: 0.27/lbs (approx)
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