The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat) (1976)




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American Soldier (originally Der Amerikanische Soldat) was the third of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "gangster trilogy." The film stars Karl Scheid as a German/American Vietnam veteran who takes a job as a hired assassin on behalf of the Munich crime lords. Scheid works both sides of the fence when three policemen engage him to knock off some awkward malcontents. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Ingrid Caven
as Songstress
Eva-Ingeborg Scholz
as Ricky's Mother
Irm Hermann
as Whore
Ulli Lommel
as Gypsy
Kurt Raab
as Ricky's brother
Katrin Schaake
as Magdalena Fuller
Marquard Bohm
as Private Detective
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Critic Reviews for The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

This film marks a decisive step towards 'real' Fassbinder: the absurdity of its world of second-hand experience invests every cliché with a meaning it never had before.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film has a languorous, dreamlike pace, a feeling of slow motion.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

This is Fassbinder before he froze up as a Douglas Sirk impersonator: a real punk movie, full of wonderfully half-baked ideas.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fassbinder loses both comedy and tension in his pursuit of grotesquerie, and there is a desperate sense of strain throughout.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
The Spectator

Fassbinder toys with the imagery of noir and pulp, peppering The American Soldier with long scenes of men in hats driving through darkened city streets, and throwing in references to Batman comics and science-fiction.

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
The Dissolve

The phantoms of Old Germany are everywhere

Full Review… | October 10, 2009

Audience Reviews for The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat)

You can see how Fassbinder is evolving as a film maker, but his gangster films aren't as strong as his xenophobic work.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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The first Fassbinder film I really got into and it's obviously he was coming into as one of the best fillmmakers of all-time.

Anthony Stevenson
Anthony Stevenson

Not like any film-noir you've ever seen, but that was Fassbinder's goal. It's meant to distance and detach, and it worked more on an intellectual level than most noirs made in the modern age. I can't say I'd ever want to watch it again, but for what it was worth it intrigued me from start to finish with its cool style and look and performances.

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella

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