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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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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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With My Tears
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Experimental and Justifiable Plagiarism
10 December 2004 | by returningSee all my reviews

The European pseudo-noirs of the 60s and 70s reaped the benefits of being able to skip a number of steps in the writing process simply by adopting styles and themes from previous films. What was left was to add one's own spin to an existing story. Fassbinder was a genius at taking a style and making it his own, not in a superficially Tarantino-ish way, but in a way that was at once equally unique and dependent, retaining the benefits of a style and pushing it even further into his own territory.

In this sense, this film is an early experiment: a war veteran turned contract killer stoically carrying out his duties, but in a post-war German environment and with homoerotic undertones galore. But it's remarkably coherent and compelling considering how little the plot gives away explicitly. Indeed, this would become one of his trademarks.

4 out of 5 - An excellent film


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