The American Friend

1977, Mystery & thriller, 2h 7m

23 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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The American Friend is a slow burning existential thriller that does justice to the Patricia Highsmith source novel. Read critic reviews

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American expatriate Tom (Dennis Hopper) treats Hamburg, Germany, like it's the Wild West and makes a living by hawking art forgeries, but decides to take part in a murder plot for extra cash. All Tom has to do to earn his share is find a potential assassin who won't do any talking, and he has the perfect man: Jonathan (Bruno Ganz), a dying cancer patient desperate to leave his family an inheritance. Jonathan begrudgingly accepts, but he's no gunman, and the scheme quickly goes sour.

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