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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 Karl Scheydt ... Ricky
Elga Sorbas ... Rosa von Praunheim
Jan George Jan George ... Jan
Hark Bohm Hark Bohm ... Doc
Marius Aicher Marius Aicher ... Polizist
Margarethe von Trotta ... Zimmermädchen
Ulli Lommel ... Zigeuner
Katrin Schaake ... Magdalena Fuller
Ingrid Caven ... Sängerin
Eva Ingeborg Scholz Eva Ingeborg Scholz ... Rickys Mutter
Kurt Raab ... Rickys Bruder
Irm Hermann ... Hure
Gustl Datz Gustl Datz ... Polizeipräsident
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Storyline

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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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

30 May 1975 (Denmark) See more »

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The American Soldier See more »

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Budget:

DEM 280,000 (estimated)
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Antiteater-X-Film See more »
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Mono
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Trivia

The American car Ricky drives is a 1962 Chevrolet Impala. 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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References Murder by Contract (1958) See more »

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With My Tears
Performed by Ingrid Caven.
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Love is Colder Than Death
2 April 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

For me the very start and the very end of this hilarious parody of gangster films were the most suspenseful parts. The start because it was the first time in a VERY long time that I had sat down to a film not knowing if it was going to be in black & white or colour (happily it turned out to be in black & white); the ending because I found myself wondering just how long Fassbinder was going to hold the incredible slow motion final shot as Kurt Raab thrashed about on the ground.

With 'Der Amerikanische Soldat' Fassbinder finally made a film that's fun to sit through. With stylish film noir photography by Dietrich Lohmann and a tremendous score by Peer Raben, its imagery and tone seems to draw more on recent pastiches by continental cineastes like 'Alphaville' and 'Le Samourai' than the Hollywood originals that Godard & Melville had drawn upon. Most of the cast look either stoned or hung over. I don't know how seriously Fassbinder and his chums were actually taking it, but I found it a blast.


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