The American Friend (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- 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:
|Starring||Dennis Hopper & Bruno Ganz|
|Performer:||Lisa Kreuzer, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller & Gérard Blain|
|Directed by||Wim Wenders|
|Edited by||Peter Przygodda|
|Screenwriting by||Wim Wenders|
|Original story by||Patricia Highsmith|
|Composition by||Jürgen Knieper|
|Produced by||Wim Wenders|
|Director of Photography:||Robby Müller|
...[One] of the most interesting American underworld movies of recent years....An extremely beautiful film...
New York Times
Superb adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel Ripley's Game, with Hopper as her amiably cynical hero.
An absorbing but rarefied, introspective variation on traditional thrilleer motifs, it's probably not the synthetis between the personal and traditional that Wenders needs but it's a fascinating compulsively watchable experiment. Full Review
Rating: 8/10 -- Crafty and beguiling and unexpectedly smart about people. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
A moody and entrancing film.
Rating: 4/4 -- A gripping Hitchockian thriller based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- Although it is a thriller by genre, Wenders is clearly interested in things beyond the mechanics of Ripley's manipulations and Zimmermann's desperation Full Review
Q Network Film Desk
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.
Mystery | Organized Crime | Thriller | Assassination | Film Noir | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Crime | Essential Cinema | Based On A Novel
- Film screened at 1977 New York Film Festival, and at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival.
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