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The American (2010)

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An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid (as Irina Bjorklund)
Lars Hjelm ...
Hunter #1
Björn Granath ...
Hunter #2
Paolo Bonacelli ...
Giorgio Gobbi ...
Silvana Bosi ...
Guido Palliggiano ...
Waiter (Market)
Young Swedish Man (as Samuli Vauramo)
Antonio Rampino ...
Ilaria Cramerotti ...
Hooker #2


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Very Private Gentleman  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,662,333 (USA) (3 September 2010)


£1,290,205 (UK) (17 December 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film marks the first time since Spring Symphony (1983) that German musician Herbert Grönemeyer composed the music for a theatrical motion picture (his second time overall). See more »


When packing the bullets in the candy box, and when handing over the candy box to the assassin, Jack doesn't wear gloves. Given how careful he's shown to be, one would expect him to not leaving fingerprints, especially given that he knows the gun will most likely be left at the scene. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Maltin on Movies: The Best Films You Missed in 2010 (2010) See more »


Written by Ruggero Cini, Franco Migliacci (as Francesco Migliacci) and Bruno Zambrini
Performed by Patty Pravo
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Italy) s.p.a.
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Time will value this gem
3 November 2010 | by (Holland) – See all my reviews

The cinematography is breath taking, but with top photographer Anton Corbijn at the helm, you wouldn't expect anything less. There's very little dialogue in this film, about 500 lines in total, which emphasizes the acting and the visual spectacle. Don't expect any CGI or amazing action scenes. It's just not that kind of film. It's a homage to C'era una volta il West by Sergio Leone, to The Day of the Jackal (the original!) by Fred Zinnemann and writer Frederick Forsyth, to Italy and in a way to Clooney. The deliberate slow pace will put a lot of people off. The movie is about professionalism, betrayal, loneliness, revenge and love. How good "bad" people can be. A wonderful film, that will not be valued by the average Hollywood loving movie goers, but a must see for people who love movies and for whom movie-making is an art.

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