The American Friend

Edition no. 793

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HanWay Films
Directed by: Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders pays loving homage to rough-and-tumble Hollywood film noir with The American Friend, a loose adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game. Dennis Hopper oozes quirky menace as an amoral American art dealer who entangles a terminally ill German everyman, played by Bruno Ganz, in a seedy criminal underworld as revenge for a personal slight—but when the two become embroiled in an ever-deepening murder plot, they form an unlikely bond. Filmed on location in Hamburg and Paris, with some scenes shot in grimy, late-seventies New York City, Wenders’s international breakout is a stripped-down crime story that mixes West German and American film flavors, and it features cameos by filmmakers Jean Eustache, Samuel Fuller, and Nicholas Ray.

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 (Anamorphic)
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: English
Region: 1
Discs: 2 Discs |  DVD-9
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Release Credits

Producer: Jason Altman
Producer: Michael Boland

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