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The American (2010)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  1 September 2010 (USA)
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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
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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Jack's watch is an Omega Speedmaster Professional. See more »


Jack tells Mathilde the Muzzle velocity of the rifle is "About 360 miles an hour" which equals 528 feet per second. the Muzzle velocity of a Mini 14 (the rifle used) is around 3000 feet per second which equals 2045 miles an hour. 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 »


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from the Motion Picture Once Upon a Time in the West (Once Upon a Time in the West (1968))
Composed and Conducted by Ennio Morricone
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures and IDM Music Ltd. o.b.o. GDM Music s.r.l.
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Promoters up to their usual scam's
12 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How do you get an American audience into a European "navel gazing" film? Lie to them of course! Thats the main problem with this film. It is advertised as a Bourne type action film, but it is actually a character study of an aging hit-man. If it had been advertised as such, I would have given it more stars. As it was I saw it with my wife who would have gladly left the theater anytime if I had said "let's go". Clooney did a good job of portraying the character as a lost soul grasping for some form of humanity at the end of his career. However some actions in the movie had no explanation that I could discern, leaving the plot very loose. Of course the director was concentrating on character and visuals but it wouldn't have hurt to tie up some glaring holes in the plot for integrity sake.

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