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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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Ingrid (as Irina Bjorklund)
Lars Hjelm ...
Hunter #1
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Hunter #2
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Guido Palliggiano ...
Waiter (Market)
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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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1 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Very Private Gentleman  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,662,333 (USA) (5 September 2010)

Gross:

$35,606,376 (USA) (4 November 2010)
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Trivia

The reason why George Clooney's character chews gum a lot in the film is because the character simply doesn't have a lot of dialogue and Anton Corbijn wanted Clooney's face to not be completely static throughout. This is also another reference to spaghetti Westerns as Clint Eastwood - also a strong, silent character - would often be chewing tobacco. See more »

Goofs

When Mathilde first fires the rifle she shoots about a foot to the left of her metal sunflower target. To correct this she should have taken the SIDE cap off the telescopic sight and turned the 'windage' screw half a turn clockwise moving the point of impact to the right. Instead she removed the TOP cap and adjusted the 'elevation'. This adjusts the up and down point of impact. Her second burst should have still missed the target from the same aiming point. 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 »

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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 (New Orleans LA) – 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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