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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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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:

$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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Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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

When packing the bullets in the candy box, and when handing over the candy box to the assassin, Jack doesn't wear gloves. Given how careful he's shown to be, one would expect him to not leaving fingerprints, especially given that he knows the gun will most likely be left at the scene. 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

Features Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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La Bambola
Written by Ruggero Cini, Franco Migliacci (as Francesco Migliacci) and Bruno Zambrini
Performed by Patty Pravo
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Italy) s.p.a.
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A fascinating film, but not for everyone
3 December 2010 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

The publicity from The American suggests it is an action and adventure film, when it is in fact a melancholic and deep drama.I liked The American very much, but I perfectly understand why its slow rhythm and calm narrative would make it inaccessible to those people who expect to see shootouts and explosions.And that is not a problem from the film or from the people, but from the distributors, who did not know how to sell this movie.

The American is developed parsimoniously, dividing its time in the methodic way in which the main character constructs a rifle; the flourishing romance among two people who are hungry of affection; and the occasional moments of suspense.Oh, and we also have conversations between the main character and a priest, which contribute to reveal the psychology from the first one mentioned.And all that is framed by the perfect Italian locations, which are full of atmosphere and detail, but without becoming into the idealized brochures from advertising agencies we have seen in movies which were also set in that country (such as Letters to Juliet and Under the Tuscan Sun).I would have said that is an unusual style for director Anton Corbjin, who made many video-clips of Metallica, U2 and Depeche Mode...if he had not already shown his firm hand and measured vision in the excellent film Control.

In order to make a relaxed narrative like the one from The American to work, we need a good actor in the leading role, so that we can perceive the thoughts from the main character in an almost intuitive way.Fortunately, George Clooney is one of those actors, and his brilliant performance in The American is one of the best attributes from this movie.The rest of the cast also made a good work, highlighting Violante Placido, Johan Leysen and Thekla Reuten.

The brief sequences from The American which could be considered as "action" look almost anti-climatic...like an interruption in the paused routine from the main character.And this is one of the few movies in which the romance is not used as a forced ornament, but as an integral part from the screenplay.The only negative element from The American is that there are a few scenes which feel out of context.However, that minor fail did not avoid me from having a fascinating time with The American, which I very enthusiastically recommend with the warning that you do not have to expect shootouts and explosions.


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