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Encyclopedia > The American Friend
Der Amerikanische Freund

The American Friend DVD cover.jpg
Directed by Wim Wenders
Written by Patricia Highsmith (novel Ripley's Game)
Wim Wenders
Starring Dennis Hopper
Bruno Ganz
Release date(s) June 24, 1977 (U.S. release)
Running time 127 min
Language German
English
Budget DEM 3,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

The American Friend (German: Der Amerikanische Freund) (1977) is a criminal character study film, by German director Wim Wenders, loosely adapted from the novel Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith. The film is of the neo-noir genre, and features Dennis Hopper as career criminal Tom Ripley (Highsmith's most notorious literary character), and Bruno Ganz as Jonathan Zimmermann, the hapless, terminally sick picture framer whom Ripley coerces into becoming an assassin of criminals for him. Among other reasons, The American Friend is artistically notable for the thespian appearances of directors Nicholas Ray and Sam Fuller. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Ernst Wilhelm (Wim) Wenders (born August 14, 1945) is a German film director, photographer, and producer. ... Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker. ... (born March 22, 1941 in Zurich) is a Swiss actor. ... June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 190 days remaining. ... // Events In the Academy Awards, Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight win Best Actor and Actress and Supporting Actress awards for Network. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Ernst Wilhelm (Wim) Wenders (born August 14, 1945) is a German film director, photographer, and producer. ... Ripleys Game is the third novel in Patricia Highsmiths Tom Ripley series (the Ripliad), written in 1974. ... 1962 publicity photo of Patricia Highsmith Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 - February 4, 1995) was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers which have led to more than two dozen film adaptations. ... Neo-noir is a term given to the modern trend of incorporating aspects of film noir into films of other genres. ... Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker. ... Thomas Ripley is the name of a literary character, and also the name of an English architect. ... (born March 22, 1941 in Zurich) is a Swiss actor. ... Nicholas Ray (born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle) (August 7, 1911–June 16, 1979) was an American film director. ... Samuel Fuller Samuel Michael Fuller (August 12, 1911 – October 30, 1997) was an American film director. ...


The source novel Ripley's Game (1974) was cinematically adapted a second time in as Ripley's Game (2002). Category: ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...

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Critical Reaction

In A Girl and a Gun: The Complete Guide to Film Noir, David N. Meyer says, "Though the plot may not make a whole lot of sense the first time around — and the thick European accents of a couple of the major actors doesn't help — The American Friend is worth the effort. Few movies from any era or genre offer such rich characters, realistic human relationships, gripping action sequences, or sly humor." [1]


Featured cast

Actor Role
Dennis Hopper Tom Ripley
Bruno Ganz Jonathan Zimmermann
Lisa Kreuzer Marianne Zimmermann
Gérard Blain Raoul Minot
Nicholas Ray Derwatt
Samuel Fuller The American Mobster

Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker. ... Thomas Ripley is the name of a literary character, and also the name of an English architect. ... (born March 22, 1941 in Zurich) is a Swiss actor. ... Lisa Kreuzer (b. ... Nicholas Ray (born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle) (August 7, 1911–June 16, 1979) was an American film director. ... Samuel Fuller Samuel Michael Fuller (August 12, 1911 – October 30, 1997) was an American film director. ...

External link

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

References

  1. ^ David M. Meyer (1998). A Girl and a Gun: The Complete Guide to Film Noir on Video. Avon Books. ISBN 0-380-79067-X. 
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