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The American (2010)

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An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack / Edward
... Ingrid (as Irina Bjorklund)
Lars Hjelm ... Hunter #1
... Hunter #2
... Pavel
... Father Benedetto
Giorgio Gobbi ... Man on Vespa
Silvana Bosi ... Old Cheese Vendor
... Mathilde
Guido Palliggiano ... Waiter (Market)
... Young Swedish Man (as Samuli Vauramo)
Antonio Rampino ... Postmaster
... Clara
... Fabio
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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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1 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Very Private Gentleman  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,662,333, 5 September 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,606,376, 4 November 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,876,281, 4 November 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film marks the first time since Spring Symphony (1983) that German musician Herbert Grönemeyer composed the music for a theatrical motion picture (his second time overall). See more »

Goofs

Mathilde specifies a rifle with accuracy at 150-175 Meters (approx. 160-190 yards) and with "rapid" rate of fire. The rifle provided (Ruger mini-14) even heavily tuned with a scope is only accurate to around 100 yards (92 Meters). The rile is also semi-automatic (Cycles the next round automatically but only fires a single shot when the trigger is pulled) so the rate of fire is down to the shooter. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Not to all tastes - but to mine
10 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is not a movie that will appeal to everyone, even fans of George Clooney, who is in almost every scene. His famous smile and immense charm are totally absent in a tight, laconic role as the eponymous assassin-cum-gunsmith Jack/Edward/Mr Butterfly. But I really admired this brave departure from the Hollywood dazzle which has a genuinely different pacing plus look and sound.

So if you're expecting a fast-moving, action-packed thriller, forget it. After a dramatic pre-title sequence, there is more than an hour of a quiet, slow build up to the retributive finale. The assassin is determined to do one last job before giving up his nefarious profession, but two women are complicating his intentions: fellow shootist Mathilde, played icily by the Dutch Thekla Reuten, and a local prostitute Clara, the beautiful Italian actress Violante Placido. Which woman will get her man? This is a visually striking work, partly because of the unusual setting in the arid terrain of the Abruzzo region of central Italy and the narrow, cobbled streets of the town of Castel del Monte, partly because of the artistry of Dutch photographer turned director Anton Corbijn and his German cinematographer Martin Ruhe. The sparse script is the work of Rowan Joffe (son of the director Roland Joffe) who has adapted the novel "A Very Private Gentleman" by the British novelist Martin Booth.

Clooney is a great lover of all things Italian and this film - which he co-produced - is obviously a very personal work which is likely to be more enjoyed in Europe than in the States.


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