Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)
Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend) (1977)

Hamburg denizen Jonathan (Lowell Ganz) is under the impression that he is dying from a blood disease. Jonathan's "American friend," displaced cowboy Ripley (Dennis Hopper), decides to use his illness to his advantage. Ripley… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 29, 1977
DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Milne
Time Out

Superb adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel Ripley's Game, with Hopper as her amiably cynical hero.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

By refusing to explain Ripley, this gets closer to Highsmith's character than any other film version.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There's something cheerfully perverse about filming a thriller and then tossing out the parts that would help it make sense, but Wim Wenders has a certain success with the method.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Although it is a thriller by genre, Wenders is clearly interested in things beyond the mechanics of Ripley's manipulations and Zimmermann's desperation

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TV Guide

A gripping Hitchockian thriller based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Gripping 1977 American thriller from Wim Wenders that turns back on itself with deadly European irony.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Crafty and beguiling and unexpectedly smart about people.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a slow-moving yet occasionally thrilling adaptation...

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Nice performances, but too slow for me. And unlike others, I didn't find much to savor here. A thriller/mystery this predictable coupled with such a… More
Tim Sigur
Like a lot of Wenders' stuff, I love the way this movie looks, but am still trying to figure out what the fuck was going on in some scenes.
Stella Dallas
beautifully shot and atmospheric thriller based on ripley's game with a great performance by bruno ganz. i admit i found it hard to imagine hopper as… More
Sarah Gaish
I watched this film as it was part of the German expressionim era and starring Dennis Hopper. Plus, a young Bruno Ganz as the German picture framer. What I… More
Stephen M
A brilliant art house <i>noir</i> by Wim Wenders, adapted from Patricia Highsmith's <I>Ripley's Game</I>. Bruno Ganz plays… More
MJS MJS
Most audiences were first made familiar with the character of Tom Ripley from the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley, but the character really originated in a… More