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An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.

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Ingrid (as Irina Bjorklund)
Lars Hjelm ...
Hunter #1
Björn Granath ...
Hunter #2
Johan Leysen ...
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Guido Palliggiano ...
Waiter (Market)
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Young Swedish Man (as Samuli Vauramo)
Antonio Rampino ...
Postmaster
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Ilaria Cramerotti ...
Hooker #2
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Storyline

Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Pavel that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate. Written by Anonymous

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1 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Very Private Gentleman  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£411,707 (UK) (26 November 2010)

Gross:

£1,290,205 (UK) (17 December 2010)
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The last time Jack meets Mathilde they get interrupted by the countryside equivalent for a streetcar, which running kids get off. It has "desiderio" painted on the left side. In Italian "desiderio" means "desire". See more »

Goofs

When Mathilde first fires the rifle she shoots about a foot to the left of her metal sunflower target. To correct this she should have taken the SIDE cap off the telescopic sight and turned the 'windage' screw half a turn clockwise moving the point of impact to the right. Instead she removed the TOP cap and adjusted the 'elevation'. This adjusts the up and down point of impact. Her second burst should have still missed the target from the same aiming point. See more »

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[first lines]
Ingrid: You know, I thought I maybe drive into town. You want something?
Jack: No.
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Crazy Credits

The credits at the end are in order of appearance. However, the 3 hookers are listed in the order: Hooker #2, Hooker #3 and Hooker #1, which logically doesn't make sense. See more »

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TU VUÒ FÀ L'AMERICANO
Written by Renato Carosone and Nicola Salerno
Performed by Renato Carosone
Courtesy of EMI Music Italy
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Not to all tastes - but to mine
10 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is not a movie that will appeal to everyone, even fans of George Clooney, who is in almost every scene. His famous smile and immense charm are totally absent in a tight, laconic role as the eponymous assassin-cum-gunsmith Jack/Edward/Mr Butterfly. But I really admired this brave departure from the Hollywood dazzle which has a genuinely different pacing plus look and sound.

So if you're expecting a fast-moving, action-packed thriller, forget it. After a dramatic pre-title sequence, there is more than an hour of a quiet, slow build up to the retributive finale. The assassin is determined to do one last job before giving up his nefarious profession, but two women are complicating his intentions: fellow shootist Mathilde, played icily by the Dutch Thekla Reuten, and a local prostitute Clara, the beautiful Italian actress Violante Placido. Which woman will get her man? This is a visually striking work, partly because of the unusual setting in the arid terrain of the Abruzzo region of central Italy and the narrow, cobbled streets of the town of Castel del Monte, partly because of the artistry of Dutch photographer turned director Anton Corbijn and his German cinematographer Martin Ruhe. The sparse script is the work of Rowan Joffe (son of the director Roland Joffe) who has adapted the novel "A Very Private Gentleman" by the British novelist Martin Booth.

Clooney is a great lover of all things Italian and this film - which he co-produced - is obviously a very personal work which is likely to be more enjoyed in Europe than in the States.


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