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The American (2010) Movie Information

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7453

Avg. Rating:

2.36/4

# of Ratings:

84

Genres:

Drama, Thriller

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

09/01/2010

DVD Release:

12/28/2010

Director:

Anton Corbijn

Actors:

George Clooney
Thekla Reuten
Bruce Altman
Paolo Bonacelli
Violante Placido
Filippo Timi

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

Jack is the master of his trade - a hired assassin. But after a near disastrous assignment, he vows his next mission will be his last. Finding himself in Italy at the behest of a Belgian woman, he finds himself getting involved with a local priest and a woman. As emotions get in the way of the job he tries to pull himself to together to complete his final mission. -- Chris Kavan

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Taz 06/15/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
1/4 

This movie was about a guy who makes a gun and falls in love with a prostitute. Trust me it is even less exciting then my description makes it sound.

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frenchfreyteetor 06/15/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
0.5/4 

I mean just worst movie ever!!!

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Alex 10/27/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

Not a horrible movie but not very good. It is well done at times. It moved pretty slow and the limited action doesn't quite get the job done (though I am not a pure action fan). Clooney is OK and that is all that matters. This movie tried to be un-hollywood but in the end it turned out to be nothing.

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  memento_mori
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05/02/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The hated masterpiece.

The American is something special to me. It's a movie I watched at a time where I would never watch a film like this, and it still captivated me for some reason. With two more repeat viewings, I realized why that was.

A lot of people will laugh when I type this, but I consider this his best performance to date. It is quiet, dark and problematic, almost reflecting the type of mood and tone the film was setting. You don't need to be able to shout and cry to be considered a good actor in my book. It's about making a connection to the audience, and Clooney definitely was something different entirely. Taste varies, I suppose.

The landscapes and cinematography are stunning. Especially the first twenty minutes were just a masterpiece of direction, in my humble opinion.
There are entire sc...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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07/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The American review

Jack (George Clooney) is a skilled gunsmith who was given a task to create a gun for Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). He becomes close with a prostitute named Clara (Violante Placido). The spectacular cinematography is probably from the experience of the director in photography and creating music videos (for U2, Depeche Mode, Nirvana, etc.). It felt like watching an action silent film with less fight scenes with meticulous direction. It was very rare to see Clooney in a straightforward and reserved character much like Leon. He did a decent job with the character. Score was applicable with the pictures pace and mystery of the lead. If only it had more story, action and an upbeat conclusion. The American is a well-crafted flick of transformation, love, trust and cautiousness.

Rating of
3/4 

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04/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The American" by Yojimbo

A weapon smith specializing in custom rifles for assassination purposes falls for a beautiful Italian prostitute despite his extreme trust issues. The American is very much a thriller from the old school; it has a very 70s, continental vibe that reminded me a little of The Day Of The Jackal as the low key, almost laid back approach is a million miles away from the wobbly-cam and SFX orientated efforts of the ADHD generation. It is far more reliant on mood and characterisation and as such finds a perfect central performance from the ever reliable Clooney who can always be trusted to invest his time in projects of quality. His tentative relationship with Violante Placido side steps the usual saccharine of contrived cinematic romances and the story feels measured and honest without ever reso...

Rating of
3/4 

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