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

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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.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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The film has a languorous, dreamlike pace, a feeling of slow motion.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

Aug 4, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The phantoms of Old Germany are everywhere

Oct 10, 2009 | Full Review…

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
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