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The American (2010)

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An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.

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(screenplay), (novel)
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Cast

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Ingrid (as Irina Bjorklund)
Lars Hjelm ...
Hunter #1
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Hunter #2
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Giorgio Gobbi ...
Man on Vespa
Silvana Bosi ...
Old Cheese Vendor
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Guido Palliggiano ...
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Young Swedish Man (as Samuli Vauramo)
Antonio Rampino ...
Postmaster
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Ilaria Cramerotti ...
Hooker #2
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Storyline

Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Pavel that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Very Private Gentleman  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,662,333, 5 September 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,606,376, 4 November 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,876,281, 4 November 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A lot of the locations the production team had originally hoped to use were ruined in an earthquake suffered in the region. The pace of reconstruction proved too slow so new locations had to be sought out. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film when Jack approaches the river to meet Clara, a stuntman can be seen driving the car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ingrid: You know, I thought I maybe drive into town. You want something?
Jack: No.
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Crazy Credits

The credits at the end are in order of appearance. However, the 3 hookers are listed in the order: Hooker #2, Hooker #3 and Hooker #1, which logically doesn't make sense. See more »


Soundtracks

Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano
Written by Renato Carosone and Nicola Salerno
Performed by Renato Carosone
Courtesy of EMI Music Italy
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A victim of bad marketing
15 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

As an action thriller, I'd give this film maybe a 2/10. But that is not what it was intended to be. The ads and marketing of the film falsely suggest this is an action film, and that is a great disservice both to the film and to the audience. I suspect that the film's rating would be higher had the marketing been honest. It is almost the opposite of action: it's a quiet, introspective film. I didn't expect a thriller and so I wasn't disappointed.

As usual in this kind of film, there is not a lot of backstory. We never find out exactly where Jack came from, how he found his job, why he could take such a job, etc. But that's not really the point. We never really find out much about the back story on the other characters, either. I think we actually found out more about the priest.

I enjoyed the film in about the same way I would enjoy a short story, which focuses on a few points rather than furnishing a history and full explanation.


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