The American Side

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A Polish detective (Greg Stuhr) looks into an alleged suicide at Niagara Falls, and ends up uncovering a conspiracy involving a long-lost design of inventor Nikola Tesla. Alicja Bachleda, Camilla Belle, Matthew Broderick, Robert Forster, Janeane Garofalo, Grant Shaud, Robert Vaughn, and Harris Yulin co-star. Directed by Jenna Ricker.


Greg Stuhr
as Charlie Paczynski
Camilla Belle
as Emily Chase
Matthew Broderick
as Borden Chase
Robert Forster
as Sterling Whitmore
Janeane Garofalo
as Agent Barry
Grant Shaud
as The Professor
Robert Vaughn
as Silver-Haired Man
Harris Yulin
as Tom Soberin
Joe Grifasi
as The Serb
Norm Sham
as Maguire
Don Stuhr
as Mickey
Todd Benzin
as Doorman
Brian Mysliwy
as Tattooed Man
Tracey B. Wilson
as Cocktail Waitress
Vincent O'Neill
as Officious Man
Peter Palmisano
as Mysterious Man
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Critic Reviews for The American Side

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (4)

  • [A] fascinating whodunit/whatisit thriller that's sure to leave some questions unanswered. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    Jun 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The American Side is a swell trip on one of those cheesy carnival rides, and you'll know it's time to get off the roller coaster when the credits roll.

    Jun 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • True to form, the screenplay... is barely coherent in its explication of the convoluted plotline. But it does provide a fair share of hard-boiled, frequently amusing dialogue and a plethora of colorful characters.

    Apr 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The American Side shows glimmers of ingenuity, both with its use of Tesla mystique and with atmospheric location work that makes Buffalo a presence.

    Apr 28, 2016 | Full Review…
  • While The American Side may not quite achieve the classic thriller tone to which it aspires, it does create an enjoyably hard-boiled world.

    Apr 27, 2016 | Full Review…
  • I can't even describe how much I want to like a scruffy, amiable, atmospheric, widescreen neo-noir lovingly shot in and around Buffalo, but The American Side is a stiff from start to finish.

    Mar 31, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 01, 2017
    The film decides early on that it's much better than to look noir than to be noir. The viewer is the only victim once that die is cast.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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