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The American Soldier (1970)

Der amerikanische Soldat (original title)
Ricky is a cold-blooded U.S. German contract killer. After serving in Viet Nam, he returns to his home town of Munich to eliminate a few problem crooks for three renegade cops. He inspects ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
Karl Scheydt ... Ricky
Elga Sorbas ... Rosa von Praunheim
Jan George Jan George ... Jan
Hark Bohm ... Doc
Marius Aicher Marius Aicher ... Polizist
Margarethe von Trotta ... Zimmermädchen
Ulli Lommel ... Tony le Gitano
Katrin Schaake ... Magdalena Fuller
Ingrid Caven ... Sängerin
Eva Ingeborg Scholz ... Rickys Mutter
Kurt Raab ... Rickys Bruder
Irm Hermann ... Hure
Gustl Datz Gustl Datz ... Polizeipräsident
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Ricky is a cold-blooded U.S. German contract killer. After serving in Viet Nam, he returns to his home town of Munich to eliminate a few problem crooks for three renegade cops. He inspects his old neighborhood with his childhood accomplice Franz Walsch, and pays a short visit to his mother and doting brother. When Ricky asks the hotel clerk for a girl, one of the cops sends his girlfriend Rosa. However, she falls for the killer. Written by Will Gilbert

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Trivia

Fassbinder name checks at least six fellow directors in the film: Samuel Fuller, Fritz Lang, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Max Ophuls, Rosa Von Praunheim and Raoul Walsh. See more »

Quotes

Ricky: W as in war, A as in Alamo, L as in Lenin, S as in science fiction, C as in crime, and H as in Hell.
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So Much Tenderness
Written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Peer Raben
Performed by Günther Kaufmann.
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great parody of suppressed german culture
29 June 2003 | by webgrind-2See all my reviews

This is a very funny attempt by the director to deal with the "klischee"( german spelling) of the american man, or at least how the proletarian german man is looking across the atlantic. All americans are good in bed? goodlooking? violent and yet cool? Why is there a need to put ketchup on a shot person's shirt? Would you really believe then that somebody was actually killed? I agree with other viewers that this not a movie that could be considered enjoyable at all times, but it beats movies like "the patriot" or "frida" any time, because it doesn't take itself serious. And that in itself is exactly the director's criticism of american culture ( what an abuse of the word culture!) and their consistant effort to tell you everything is allright and we are the good guys. Here, have another Diet coke, or would you like a Big Mac with your Whitney Houston?


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

23 July 1971 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM280,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,623, 16 February 2003

Gross USA:

$8,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,144
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Antiteater-X-Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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