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Der amerikanische Freund
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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:
6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
I want to tell you how incredible this film is.. See more (47 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)
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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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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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Soundtrack:
Too Much on My MindSee more »

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39 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
I want to tell you how incredible this film is.., 7 June 2005
Author: byrmcusyty from Bangladesh

I want to tell you how incredibly joyous this film is...but I worry that I'll tell you the wrong way and sound ridiculous. So don't read any further. Just see the movie for yourself.

Dennis Hopper and Bruno Ganz are fantastic as the perverse Ripley and his randomly picked/stalked friend. I've never seen a buddy-buddy film where the bonding is done quite like this, unreal. Unreal how deep they go. No, really, it's that amazing.

Odd things that I liked: I like the way the two shift casually between English and German. I like the Bartok-ish music. The cinematography is great, and on the DVD commentary you will hear Wenders talk about Robby's inventiveness with gels. The train scene is one crisis after another but also contains some hilarious bits (the business with the tickets). Another powerful moment takes place later at Tom's house where they try to execute a reverse-ambush. Jonathan, pipe in hand, looking down sadly at the henchman he'd just sent down for good.

What else do I like without revealing too much of the plot? Gee, I guess I like everything about this film. This is one of those films (Je vous salue, Marie; Paris Texas; Lost in Translation; Chungking Express are others) that I LOVE so dearly that I hate myself for talking about it because it's inevitable that I will be wronging it with the inadequacy of my language (ie trying to capture something that is beyond words).

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