The American Friend (24-Jun-1977)|
Original Title: Der Amerikanische Freund
Director: Wim Wenders
Writer: Wim Wenders
From novel: Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith
Keywords: Thriller, Art Forgery
Criminal dandy Tom Ripley offers Hamburg picture framer Jonathan Zimmerman, suffering a fatal blood disease and with little time remaining, total financial security to his family if he murders a mobster. Mind you just a short time ago, Zimmerman, who met Ripley at an art auction, refused to shake the other man's hand. Outstanding performance by Bruno Ganz; Hopper is quite a different Ripley than Matt Damon.
||Pickup on South Street
||Rebel Without a Cause
Review by Rick Puller (posted on 3-Sep-2007)
A delightfully dark buddy flick, made long before buddy flicks fell in such disfavor. Dennis Hopper is the "cool" american friend. He's edgy, and charming as only he can be in a singular sociopathic manner that is his alone and yet undeniably american. He is an eminently likeable cowboy creep.
Bruno Ganz is his reluctant partner in crime and has a european masculine grace that lends itself perfectly to Hopper's dangerous ambiguity.
The movie is long, dreary, yet beautifully filmed, and fun to watch.
Do you know something we don't?
Submit a correction or make a comment about this profile
Copyright ©2019 Soylent Communications