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The American Friend (1977)
"Der amerikanische Freund" (original title)

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Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.

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Sandy Whitelaw ...
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Allan Winter
Stefan Lennert ...
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Tom Ripley has a sweet deal with an art forger. The forger creates the paintings; Tom sells them. But another criminal business associate wants Tom to go in for an even riskier enterprise: murder. Tom suggests his associate ask a local picture framer instead. That man has a fatal disease, or so it's rumored. More, he has a wife and kid that surely he wouldn't want to leave penniless. Let this picture framer be a hit man, and no one will suspect. The terminally ill craftsman may agree to the misdeed, and several more, but he'll end up needing Tom Ripley in a pinch. Written by J. Spurlin

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[first lines]
Derwatt: Who is it?
Tom Ripley: It's Ripley.
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13 April 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

A wonderful film whose plot elements are not nearly as important as the characters' development. Hopper is endearing, and the suspense created in a few paramount scenes is very effective. The music, and the surreal cameos and nature of the story create a very involving film full of clever twists, scenes, and dialogue. The use of different characters might be interpreted as symbols for different national characteristics; but the film is best seen for what it is. A really good story that plays on many of the cliches that were established ten or twenty years before it. Wenders knows his American films.


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