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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 movie is made up of 222 shots. 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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Connections

Referenced in Fassbinder produziert: Film Nr. 8 (1971) See more »

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With My Tears
Performed by Ingrid Caven.
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Breaking Stereotypes
22 May 2018 | by bb_orgSee all my reviews

Americans are stereotyped as much as we stereotype others. I concede that it isn't Fassbinder's best, thus the 9 instead of a 10. Still, it the best early film I've seen. "They" had talent, raw as it was.

Without putting in spoilers, I liked the working of the triple cross and the set-up to take the rap for the crimes of others. Some might have found it slow. I saw it methodical. For a film that clocks in at under 90 minutes, the pace is realistic, if not superior.


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