The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat)
The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat) (1976)

American Soldier (originally Der Amerikanische Soldat) was the third of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "gangster trilogy." The film stars Karl Scheid as a German/American Vietnam veteran who takes a job as a hired assassin on… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film has a languorous, dreamlike pace, a feeling of slow motion.

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Fernando F. Croce

The phantoms of Old Germany are everywhere

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a strange film noir, but its unyielding manic mood, unpredictability and boldness cover up some of its incomprehensible moments.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This is Fassbinder before he froze up as a Douglas Sirk impersonator: a real punk movie, full of wonderfully half-baked ideas.

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Keith Uhlich
House Next Door

As Billy Wilder turned a crumbling Berlin into a slapstick, satirical playground in One, Two, Three, so Fassbinder offers up The American Soldier's Munich as a monochrome city of sadness.

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Christopher Null

doesn't really fit the Fassbinder oeuvre

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Fassbinder toys with the imagery of noir and pulp, peppering The American Soldier with long scenes of men in hats driving through darkened city streets, and throwing in references to Batman comics and science-fiction.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

It is not as strong or as developed as his later masterpieces, but it is well worth seeing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
The American Soldier is probably the most visually impressive of Fassbinder's early films. The opening credits of Gods of the Plague are the coolest… More