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

Hamburg denizen Jonathan is under the impression that he is dying from a blood disease. Jonathan's "American friend" Ripley introduces him to gangster Minot, who proposes that the dying man should become a professional mob… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 7, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% 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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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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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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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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Emanuel Levy

Moody and intriguing, this is one of Wenders' most accessible films, effective as a Hitchockian thriller (Strangers on a Train), existential character study, and allegory about the corruptible yet irrevrsible impact of American pop culture on Germany.

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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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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Enquanto Hopper cria um Tom Ripley inacreditavelmente ridículo, Ganz rouba o filme, que conta com uma direção irregular de Wenders.

Flixster Audience Score: 82% 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
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