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Americano (2005)

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"Americano" centers around Chris McKinley, a recent college graduate backpacking through Europe who savors his last three days of freedom before boarding the career fast track back in the ... See full summary »

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Kevin Noland

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Credited cast:
Joshua Jackson ... Chris McKinley
Leonor Varela ... Adela
Timm Sharp ... Ryan
Ruthanna Hopper Ruthanna Hopper ... Michelle
Dennis Hopper ... Riccardo
Martin Klebba ... Matador
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Bocci
Ashley Eisenhauer Ashley Eisenhauer ... Adios Girl
Norberto Morán Norberto Morán ... Seller street / fights bulls
Mighty Mike Murga ... Midget spain waiter
Mark Edward Roberts Mark Edward Roberts ... Walter (Bartender)
Jenny Starnes Jenny Starnes ... Bar Girl
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"Americano" centers around Chris McKinley, a recent college graduate backpacking through Europe who savors his last three days of freedom before boarding the career fast track back in the United States. In Pamplona with two friends, Chris meets an Australian thrill-seeker, a quintessential Spanish beauty and an enigmatic provocateur, all of whom encourage him to rethink his life. As the minutes and seconds until his departure tick away, Chris struggles with an age-old question: Should he follow the beaten path or risk it all on the road less traveled? Written by Zorianna Kit

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Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »
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USA | Spain

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English

Release Date:

7 January 2005 (USA) See more »

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Американец See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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| (PAL DVD)

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Color
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Ryan: I've been taking these pills for four years and I'm still not addicted.
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Si, Si, No, No
Performed by Maria Conchita Alonso
Produced by Sebastian Arocha Morton and Miguel Govea (as Rocasound)
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Crossroads: Enter the Corporate World Versus Enter the World of Living
30 May 2006 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Kevin Noland makes a fine debut in both writing and directing this colorful, insightful, low-key exploration of the age old Apollonian Dionysian conflict. For a first film, despite some minor technical glitches (overexposed photography at key moments, a soundtrack that eats the dialogue before it is audible), Noland proves himself a keen observer of life, of philosophy, and of character studies. He is definitely an artist to watch.

Chris McKinley (Joshua Jackson in yet another fine performance) has just finished college and is ending his summer holiday in Spain with only three days before he returns to an important corporate position in the US. He is traveling with two friends, Ryan (Timm Sharp) and Michelle (Ruthanna Hopper) who are lovers, and they end their holiday in Pamplona, Spain just as the festival of the bulls is happening. Chris' backpack is stolen and with it his passport, credit cards, all semblances of civilization..., and he plunges out of despair into the wildness of the running of the bulls. He meets two important influences: American expatriate bar owner Riccardo who spouts forth 'live for the moment' concepts, and the beautiful and intoxicating Adela (Leonor Varela) who embodies all that is fascinating about the beauty of Spain. The four young people set out on a hike to fly fish, carouse, and live with nature, and this excursion into Spain's gorgeous countryside affects the foursome: Ryan and Michelle decide to part ways and Chris and Adela...well, the story has a fine ending! Noland respects the viewer and offers his tale of discovery with minimal dialogue, some terrific music, exciting footage of the running of the bulls and bullfights, and some hallucinogenic views of nature. Both Joshua Jackson and Leonor Varela light up the screen. Ruthanna Hopper (Dennis Hopper's daughter) not only acts well, she also has been part of this project since its inception, is one of the producers, and adds a credibility to the story. So despite the occasional technical flaws, this is a little film of joy, a celebration of discovery the important facts of living. Grady Harp


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