Hanway Films

The American Friend

The American Friend


THE WIM WENDERS COLLECTION


 

Director
Wim Wenders

Cast      
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