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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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Ingrid (as Irina Bjorklund)
Lars Hjelm ...
Hunter #1
Björn Granath ...
Hunter #2
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Paolo Bonacelli ...
Giorgio Gobbi ...
Silvana Bosi ...
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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Also Known As:

A Very Private Gentleman  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£1,290,205 (UK) (17 December 2010)
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Trivia

The American's riverside idyllic spot was much more barren in real life so the production added lots of extra plants to make it perfect. Guards had to be posted by the location at night to prevent it from being eaten by wild boars. See more »

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Apart from the news article in the newspaper clipping being written in very bad Swedish, the body of the text is about a suicide bomber being caught on a tram in Gothenburg, Sweden. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

NEL GIARDINO DELL'AMORE
Written by José Feliciano and Hilda Feliciano
Performed by Patty Pravo
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Italy) s.p.a.
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Superb, Absolutely Superb!
17 July 2011 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

George Clooney outdid himself in this movie! I really did not know what to expect. I kind of knew what it was about, but decided that I will let it surprise me.

This movie is a low key follow the movie and its steps. You keep guessing and keep wondering what will happen next. You wonder who is behind it all. Of course you can guess what will happen, at least if you watched enough movies you can make an intelligent guess.

But what gets me with this movie is that even though I see things coming I still want to watch what happens. This movie just grips you and spits you out. It is not a blockbuster shoot them up type of movie. No this is more like the old style Italian Mafia movies.

If you decide to watch this movie make sure you have time to focus. Its the little details, the little steps that make all the difference. Otherwise it just becomes another movie.


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