The American Friend

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  • Crime, Drama, Foreign, Mystery, Neo Noir, Thriller , produced in 1977 West Germany, France
  • Actors: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz
  • Directed by: Wim Wenders
  • Rating: 7.2 out of 10
  • Plot Summary: Jonathan Zimmermann, a German picture-framer, is dying of a rare blood disease. Despite his illness, the happily married Jonathan does his best to live each day to the fullest with his wife and child. But when Tom Ripley, a cunning American gangster, learns of Jonathan's sickness, he convinces the dying man--deeply concerned about his family's financial future--to work as a hit man for a big payoff. Will Jonathan get in over his head by making a deal that could ruin what's left of his life? German director Wim Wenders delivers a sensitive, film-noirish tribute to the American gangster film, based on the novel RIPLEY'S GAME by Patricia Highsmith.
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