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American Assassin (2017)

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After the death of his girlfriend at the hands of terrorists, Mitch Rapp is drawn into the world of counterterrorism, mentored by tough-as-nails former U.S. Navy S.E.A.L. Stan Hurley.


Michael Cuesta


Stephen Schiff (screenplay by), Michael Finch (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan O'Brien ... Mitch Rapp
Charlotte Vega ... Katrina
Christopher Bomford Christopher Bomford ... Bartender
Chris Webster ... Mansur Recruit Video
Shahid Ahmed Shahid Ahmed ... Adnan Al-Mansur
Buster Reeves ... Martial Arts Instructor
Nick Cavaliere Nick Cavaliere ... Building Superintendent
Simon Connolly ... NSA Techie
Yousef 'Joe' Sweid ... Khaled (as Yousef Sweid)
Joost Janssen ... American Operator (Mansur Compound)
Adam Collins ... American Operator #2 (Mansur Compound)
Trevor White ... Dr. Frain
Sanaa Lathan ... Irene Kennedy
Jeff Davis ... CIA Officer Giving Nuke Intel (as JF Davis)
David Suchet ... Director Stansfield


Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It takes one to kill one. See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


It is coincidental that military carriers are shown in this movie considering Taylor Kitsch (Ghost) starred in the movie "Battleship." See more »


After the Ghost kills the five Russians and the two Polish policemen, the news reader describing the incident says the police believe the weapon used was a Glock 29, which is absurd for two reasons.

Firstly, the type of weapon used is almost impossible to divine forensically when the only evidence left to examine are the slugs in the victims and the shell casings left behind. Unless the ammo is exotic or the firing pin leaves a highly distinctive mark on the primers, there's not much left behind to tell the investigator what firearm was used in the crime without an eyewitness who knows their guns, and in this case, any eyewitness would have described a pistol bearing no resemblance to any weapon ever made by Glock.

Secondly, the Glock 29 is chambered for 10mm, and the Ghost was firing a Smith & Wesson 5906, which is chambered in 9mm. You'd have to a monumentally sloppy investigator to miss a detail that glaringly obvious, and you'd have to be a fool to mistake a 10mm, which is used by very few shooters, and a 9mm, which is used by police and military all over the planet.

Moreover, in the absence of security footage, the police would not have any idea what pistol fired the very common 9mm rounds used in the commission of these killings. Luckily for investigators, they need not work in the absence of security footage since there was plenty of curiously useful CCTV footage of the shooting and the shooter, even if you only consider the footage the media had collected. They would only need to watch the CCTV footage the news reader was airing to see the exact weapon the Ghost was using, which clearly bears no resemblance to a Glock. See more »


[last lines]
Ghost: [mockingly] Didn't Hurley teach you anything little brother? Never Make Things Personal
Mitch Rapp: [twists the blade back at him]
Mitch Rapp: This Isn't Personal
[rams said knife deep into Ronnie's throat]
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Crazy Credits

The names of Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton appears in the "Diagonal Billing" method, which was first used for Paul Newman and Steve McQueen in The Towering Inferno (1974) See more »

Alternate Versions

In India, mandatory cuts were required for an 'A' rating; which removed a couple of uses of the term 'bastard' along with a brief shot of a naked woman. See more »


Featured in American Assassin: Alamo Drafthouse Q & A (2017) See more »


Mistakes (Chris Seefried Alt Mix)
Written by Andra Day (as Cassandra Monique Batie), Adrian Gurvitz (as Adrian Israel Gurvitz) and Raphael Saadiq
Performed by Andra Day
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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User Reviews

Entertaining action flick
15 September 2017 | by peppertreelaneSee all my reviews

After reading a few of the negative comments, I was apprehensive about seeing this movie. Glad I trusted my instincts and the previews. Let me make this very simple, as most other reviewers already provide you with a movie synopsis. If you enjoy movies like Die Hard, Jason Bourne, John Wick, Taken, etc. - you'll enjoy this movie. I do enjoy those movies, and I did enjoy this movie. It is exactly what it sets out to be, an entertaining action flick.

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Release Date:

15 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,846,778, 17 September 2017

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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