Hanway Films

The American Friend

The American Friend



Wim Wenders

Dennis Hopper
Bruno Ganz
Lisa Kreuzer            

"Superb adaptation... with Hopper as her amiably cynical hero" Time Out.

Today a cult film, THE AMERICAN FRIEND is based on the suspense novel Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith and won the German Critics Prize in 1977. Picture-framer Jonathan (Bruno Ganz) believes he is dying from a blood-disease. Jonathan's cold-hearted American friend, displaced cowboy Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) decides to use his illness to his advantage, manipulating Jonathan into carrying out a murder contract. A hypnotic noir.

WINNER: Three German Film Awards including Gold Award for Best Director

NOMINEE: Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival

Germany, France | English, French, German | 1977 | 127 mins