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Release Date:
24 June 1977 (West Germany) See more »
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Plot:
Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A probing and fully realized character study See more (48 total) »

Cast

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Dennis Hopper ... Tom Ripley

Bruno Ganz ... Jonathan Zimmermann
Lisa Kreuzer ... Marianne Zimmermann
Gérard Blain ... Raoul Minot
Nicholas Ray ... Derwatt
Samuel Fuller ... Der Amerikaner
Peter Lilienthal ... Marcangelo

Daniel Schmid ... Igraham
Sandy Whitelaw ... Arzt in Paris
Jean Eustache ... Freundlicher Mann

Lou Castel ... Rodolphe
Andreas Dedecke ... Daniel
David Blue ... Allan Winter
Stefan Lennert ... Auktionator
Rudolf Schündler ... Gantner
Gerty Molzen ... Alte Dame
Heinz Joachim Klein ... Dr. Gabriel
Heinrich Marmann ... Herr im zug
Satya De La Manitou ... Angie
Axel Schiessler ... Lippo
Adolf Hansen ... Schaffner
Rosemarie Heinikel ... Mona
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enzo Robutti ... Falling man (uncredited)

Wim Wenders ... Figure Wrapped in Plaster Bandages in Ambulance (uncredited)

Directed by
Wim Wenders 
 
Writing credits
Patricia Highsmith (novel "Ripley's Game")

Wim Wenders 

Produced by
Renée Gundelach .... supervising producer
Margaret Ménégoz .... line producer
Joachim von Mengershausen .... producer: WDR
Wim Wenders .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jürgen Knieper 
 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda 
 
Art Direction by
Heidi Lüdi 
Toni Lüdi 
 
Costume Design by
Isolde Nist 
 
Makeup Department
Evelyn Döhring .... makeup artist
Hannelore Uhrmacher .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pierre Cottrell .... production manager
Harald Kügler .... unit manager
Michael Wiedemann .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emmanuel Clot .... assistant director
Fritz Müller-Scherz .... assistant director
Philippe Schwartz .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Braun .... props
Luigi De Luca .... props
Bernhard Frey .... props
Eckerhard Voggenreiter .... props
 
Sound Department
Milan Bor .... sound mixer
Jochen Bärwald .... assistant sound
Max Galinsky .... sound mixer
Peter Kaiser .... sound
Maryte Kavaliauskas .... sound assistant
Jens-Uwe Laddey .... assistant sound
Martin Müller .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Theo Nischwitz .... special effects
 
Stunts
Klaus Schichan .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-François Casi .... crane operator: Louma crane
Marc Casi .... crane operator: Louma crane
Wolfgang Dell .... lighting technician
Hans Dreher .... grip
Ernst Harinko .... lighting technician
Ekkehard Heinrich .... lighting technician
Edward Lachman .... assistant camera
Jean-Marie Lavalou .... crane operator: Louma crane
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... electrician (as Jean-Claude LeBras)
Robert Morsch .... electrician
Tassilo Peik .... lighting technician
Viktor Sauermann .... lighting technician
Martin Schäfer .... assistant camera
Jacques Steyn .... assistant camera
Hans Volkmann .... lighting technician
Andreas Willim .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Renate Zimmermann .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Gisela Bock .... assistant editor
Ingrid Träutlein-Peer .... assistant editor
Barbara von Weitershausen .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Heinz Badewitz .... location manager
Claude Bertonazzi .... production administrator
Pat Kirck .... location manager: New York
Anne Povel .... bookkeeper
Philippe Schwartz .... location manager: Paris
Harald Vogel .... production assistant
Gretl Zeilinger .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Der amerikanische Freund" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
125 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
At the time of filming, Nicholas Ray had just been diagnosed with the lung cancer that would kill him two years later.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Derwatt:Who is it?
Tom Ripley:It's Ripley.
Derwatt:The door is open.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Blodigt jävla helvete (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Too Much on My MindSee more »

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33 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A probing and fully realized character study, 19 January 2004
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Jonathan Zimmerman (Bruno Ganz) is an easy going Swiss picture framer living in Germany who believes he is dying from a rare blood disease. When he makes the acquaintance of Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper), an art dealer of dubious reputation, he is faced with a profound moral question. Should he commit a murder for Ripley's underworld associate, Raoul Minot (Gérard Blain) in order to guarantee the lifelong security of his wife Marianne (Liza Kruezer) and son Daniel (Andreas Dedecke)? Based on the novel Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith, Wim Wenders The American Friend is a probing character study of two very different men, one a solitary high stakes adventurer, the other a staid family man grown desperate by his circumstances. Perhaps as a result of an unacknowledged admiration for the other's lifestyle, the business relationship between the two men slowly develops into a reluctant friendship, powerfully illustrating the complexity of the human condition.

Shot in Paris, New York, and Hamburg, Germany, Cinematographer Robby Muller's moody waterfront shots and interior yellow-green color images enhance the mood of paranoia and keep the tension flowing. Cameo appearances by directors Nicholas Ray as a painter who faked his own death and Sam Fuller as an American mobster pay homage to these icons of American cinema. The plot centers around Ripley's revenge for an offhand remark Zimmerman made at an art auction, first spreading the rumor that is health is failing rapidly, then driving him to undertake an act that he would normally consider morally reprehensible. In trying to convince Zimmerman to commit the crime, Raoul offers to provide the services of a Paris hematologist but the lab results are faked and Zimmerman more than ever is convinced that he is going to die. Reluctantly, he commits the murder in a brilliant set piece aboard the Paris Metro, then slowly sinks into a maelstrom of deceit and deception that adds additional twists and turns to an already intricate plot.

Though questions remain unanswered, the strength of the film is not in the plot but in its multi-leveled characterizations and powerful performances. Ganz is fully believable as the decent man tortured by a moral dilemma and Hopper, rebounding from a period of substance abuse, turns in a performance of diabolical intensity as the underworld-connected profiteer. The American Friend avoids the temptation to be simply another film noir thriller or a good versus evil escapade, showing fully realized human beings who have thoughts and feelings we can understand even when we strongly disapprove of their actions. I just have one question. Didn't any one ever tell Zimmerman about life insurance?

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