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The American Friend 15 rating

Acclaimed director Wim Wenders, with the help of Dennis Hopper, transforms Patricia Highsmith's novel 'Ripley's Game' into a gripping European noir.

Film noir 1978 121 mins

Director: Wim Wenders


Bruno Ganz plays professional frame maker Jonathan, who has been diagnosed with a terminal blood disease. A chance encounter with the enigmatic Tom Ripley, Dennis Hopper at his most charismatic offers him a way to ensure a stable future for his family. But as Jonathan embarks on his new and dangerous role, Tom questions his motives for involving his new friend.

Superbly shot by his consistent collaborator Robbie Müller, Wim Wenders draws on his love of American cinema and pays homage to the B-movie and Film Noir tradition. The result is one of the finest, most accessible and enthralling films of his career.