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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 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 »

Also Known As:

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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1.33 : 1
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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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Referenced in Fassbinder produziert: Film Nr. 8 (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

So Much Tenderness
Written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Peer Raben
Performed by Günther Kaufmann.
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7 September 2003 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Not one of Fassbinder's best, but certainly worth a look for those interested in the man's work. In mood and style, it's reminiscent of Godard's Alphaville, and my reactions to both films are similar: I am intrigued, but a bit bored. And I don't think either succeed in the end. The American Soldier concerns a haughty German-American soldier, fresh from Vietnam, who struts around killing people for reasons which are kept mostly obscure (he's some kind of gangster or hitman). The police are after him, though the police seem just as wicked. I didn't care much about what was going on – no compelling reason was ever given for me to care. However, many elements of the film impressed me. Fassbinder's idiosyncratic sense of pace and mood pervades. The performances are pretty good. Fassbinder himself appears in a small role and, as usual, he delivers a remarkable performance. He has to be the best actor/director of all time. Peer Raben never seems to write a lot of music for Fassbinder's films. Instead, he just writes one theme that is used several times throughout the given picture. They are always exceptional, and his theme (and also theme song, which is the same tune with lyrics added) is excellent here. And then there's this ending. Fassbinder has a talent for unique and notable endings, and the end of this film is one of the weirdest and most remarkable I've ever seen. 7/10.


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