THE AMERICAN FRIEND
Wim Wenders based on the novel "Ripley's Game" by P.
1977 German Critics Prize
1978 German Film Prize in Gold for Director und Editor
1978 German Film Prize in Silver for Production
Road Movies Filmproduktion/Berlin Wim Wenders Produktion
Les Films du Losange/Paris
Der Americkanische Freund
a cult film, The American Friend is based on the novel
"Ripley's Game" by Patricia Highsmith and
won the German Critics Prize in 1977. Frame maker Jonathan
(Bruno Ganz) believes he is dying from a blood disease.
American friend, displaced cowboy Ripley (Dennis Hopper),
decides to use his illness to his advantage.
introduces him to a gangster who proposes to the dying
man that he should become a professional mob assassin,
assuring a large legacy for his wife and children. Since
he is facing death anyway, what has he to lose?
had originally intended to allow Jonathan to do the
dirty work that he didn't feel like doing, but has second
thoughts when he becomes friends with the doomed man.