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American Friend, The

American Friend, The(1977)

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Brief Synopsis

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.

Cast & Crew

Wim Wenders Director
Bruno Ganz Jonathan Zimmermann
Dennis Hopper Tom Ripley
Gerard Blain Raoul Minot
Lisa Kreuzer Marianne Zimmermann
Nicholas Ray Prokasch--
Samuel Fuller The American
Peter Lilienthal Marcangelo
Sandy Whitelaw Paris Doctor
Jean Eustache Friendly Man
Lou Castel Rodolphe
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MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info: 
Release Date:  1977 Production Date: 
Color/B&W:  Color (Eastmancolor) Distributions Co: 
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Road Movies Filmproduktion .....Production Company, Les Films Du Losange .....Production Company, .....Production Company, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Wdr) .....Production Company, .....Theatrical Distributor, .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Filmverlag Der Autoren .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, New Yorker Films .....Domestic Theatrical Distributor, .....Domestic Video Distributor
Duration(mins):  Country:  France (FR)
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