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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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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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So Much Tenderness
Written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Peer Raben
Performed by Günther Kaufmann.
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Fassbinder: Love him or hate him?
20 September 2005 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

I am not really too sure what the love affection people have for Fassbinder is. He made some wildly uneven movies, Mind you, I've been wrong before on directors (especially on Bergman) so I'll keep this opinion til proved otherwise. 'The American Soldier" is Fassbiner's attempt at a Film Noir. He doesn't succeed. OK, this film is totally miscast. The 'Gangsters' don't begin to look like gangsters. They look like Germans wearing funny costumes! The story, about a killer who is assigned a series of killings by some corrupt police officers is hardly suspenseful and yes, drags for the 70 (!!) minute screening time. And finally the women are, well, German.

Oh dear, am I going to get flak for this one.


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