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The American Soldier (1970)
"Der amerikanische Soldat" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  30 May 1975 (Denmark)
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Ricky is a cold-blooded U.S. German contract killer. After serving in Viet Nam, he returns to his home town of Munich to eliminate a few problem crooks for three renegade cops. He inspects ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Karl Scheydt ...
Ricky
Elga Sorbas ...
Rosa von Praunheim
Jan George ...
Jan
Hark Bohm ...
Doc
Marius Aicher ...
Polizist
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Zimmermädchen
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Zigeuner
Katrin Schaake ...
Magdalena Fuller
Ingrid Caven ...
Sängerin
Eva Ingeborg Scholz ...
Rickys Mutter
Kurt Raab ...
Rickys Bruder
Irm Hermann ...
Hure
Gustl Datz ...
Polizeipräsident
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Ricky is a cold-blooded U.S. German contract killer. After serving in Viet Nam, he returns to his home town of Munich to eliminate a few problem crooks for three renegade cops. He inspects his old neighborhood with his childhood accomplice Franz Walsch, and pays a short visit to his mother and doting brother. When Ricky asks the hotel clerk for a girl, one of the cops sends his girlfriend Rosa. However, she falls for the killer. Written by Will Gilbert

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Ricky: W as in war, A as in Alamo, L as in Lenin, S as in science fiction, C as in crime, and H as in Hell.
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With My Tears
Performed by Ingrid Caven
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A gangster film with sleepwalker's.
17 June 2005 | by (Irvine, California) – See all my reviews

This is the slowest moving gangster film I've ever seen. Each character in the film walks slowly, makes slow gestures, takes forever to answer the phone, and the dialog really drags. Only the slaps speed things up. It seems to be done on purpose by Fassbinder and I can't fathom why. Some of readers of IMDb comments about Fassbinder's films may have noticed that I have written critical comments about several of his films. I'm a fan of Fassbinder and do admire his "Lola", "Marriage of Maria Bran", "Ali; Fear Eats The Soul", "Merchant Of Four Seasons", The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant", and "Effie Briest". But there are times when Fassbinder can turn out a dud and then he really makes a disastrous film. I suppose that is what a genius does. I just wish we could see his "Berlin Alexanderplatz" and "Lili Marleen" on DVD.


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