The American Friend, 1977

Released in Australia:


The American Friend is a 1970s West German/French German/English-language neo-noir crime drama film; about a criminal psychopath, involved in art forgery in Hamburg, Germany; he gets an associate to trick a terminally ill man into assassinating Mafia gangsters; four of the cast are film directors; based on one of the Tom Ripley mystery novels by Patricia Highsmith

Shockadelic rating: Recommended

Alternate title: Der Amerikanische Freund

Contributors: Wim Wenders, Patricia Highsmith, Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Gerard Blain, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller, Jurgen Knieper

Remake: Ripley's Game, 2002