The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat)
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The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat)
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 behalf of the Munich crime lords. Scheid works both sides of the fence when three policemen engage him to knock off some awkward malcontents. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"The film has a languorous, dreamlike pace, a feeling of slow motion."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The phantoms of Old Germany are everywhere"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's a strange film noir, but its unyielding manic mood, unpredictability and boldness cover up some of its incomprehensible moments."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is Fassbinder before he froze up as a Douglas Sirk impersonator: a real punk movie, full of wonderfully half-baked ideas."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Keith Uhlich, House Next Door
"doesn't really fit the Fassbinder oeuvre"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"It is not as strong or as developed as his later masterpieces, but it is well worth seeing."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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