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The American (2010)

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An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.

Director:

Anton Corbijn

Writers:

Rowan Joffe (screenplay), Martin Booth (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Jack / Edward
Irina Björklund ... Ingrid (as Irina Bjorklund)
Lars Hjelm Lars Hjelm ... Hunter #1
Björn Granath ... Hunter #2
Johan Leysen ... Pavel
Paolo Bonacelli ... Father Benedetto
Giorgio Gobbi Giorgio Gobbi ... Man on Vespa
Silvana Bosi Silvana Bosi ... Old Cheese Vendor
Thekla Reuten ... Mathilde
Guido Palliggiano Guido Palliggiano ... Waiter (Market)
Samuel Vauramo ... Young Swedish Man (as Samuli Vauramo)
Antonio Rampino Antonio Rampino ... Postmaster
Violante Placido ... Clara
Filippo Timi ... Fabio
Ilaria Cramerotti Ilaria Cramerotti ... Hooker #2
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Storyline

Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Pavel that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The last time Jack meets Mathilde they get interrupted by the countryside equivalent for a streetcar, which running kids get off. It has "desiderio" painted on the left side. In Italian "desiderio" means "desire". See more »

Goofs

Apart from the news article in the newspaper clipping being written in very bad Swedish, the body of the text is about a suicide bomber being caught on a tram in Gothenburg, Sweden. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ingrid: You know, I thought I maybe drive into town. You want something?
Jack: No.
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Crazy Credits

The credits at the end are in order of appearance. However, the 3 hookers are listed in the order: Hooker #2, Hooker #3 and Hooker #1, which logically doesn't make sense. See more »


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Window of My Eyes
Written by Herman Brood (as Hermanus Brood), Eelco Gelling, and Harry Muskee
Performed by Cuby and the Blizzards
Courtesy of Universal Music b.v. (Netherlands)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Italy Has Never Looked Better. A Realistic Depiction Of The Life Of An Assassin.
25 April 2019 | by J_Batek_IISee all my reviews

This movie has been unfairly judged by IMDB members. People are jealous of George Clooney, and the life he has created for himself. Full disclosure - this is one of my favorite movies. I love the minimal dialogue - it creates a certain tone and realism. I love the soundtrack - impossible to find, but worth the search. I love the cinematography - you can watch this film in HD on mute and it is still enjoyable. And, then there is Violante Placido - one of the sexiest women ever captured on film.

Here's the thing - if you want an exciting movie about a trained killer with tons of dialogue and action, watch The Bourne Identity, or a James Bond film, or Bad Boys II. The American is not an over-the-top action movie and it has no larger-than-life characters. For that exact reason, it is an outstanding film.

RealReview Posting Scoring Criteria: Acting - 1/1 Casting - 1/1 Directing - 1/1 Story - 1/1 Writing/Screenplay - 1/1

Total Base Score = 5

Modifiers (+ or -) Originality: 0.5 Cinematography: 1 Music/Soundtrack: 0.5 Believability/Consistency: 1 A Personal Favorite: 1

Total RealReview Rating: 9


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Very Private Gentleman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,177,790, 5 September 2010

Gross USA:

$35,606,376

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,876,281
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2.35 : 1
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