The American Friend (12A)

Kino Dreams: Wim Wenders Retrospective Running from
Last event: Sunday 21 August 2022 at 5pm
  • £8.55 / £7.65 for screenings before 5pm (Non-Members: £9.50 / £8.50 )
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Directed by Wim Wenders 
Starring Dennis Hopper, Bruno Gantz, Gerard Blain, Lisa Kreuzer 

Wenders adapted Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game for the film. 

Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz) believes that he will soon die of leukemia. The unscrupulous American Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper), learns of this and exploits Zimmermann’s illness for his own purposes. He introduces Jonathan to the underworld figure Minot (Gérard Blain), who offers to hire the terminally ill man as a professional hit man. He is to be paid appropriately for his work and thus enabled to leave something behind for his wife (Lisa Kreuzer) and their child. What does he have to lose, since he is going to die anyway? 

A friendship develops between the two very different men, and this ultimately leads Ripley to intervene when Zimmermann proves incapable of carrying out an additional murder. 

Certificate:

12A

Duration

Approx 126 mins

Time details

15-20 mins of trailers & adverts before the screening (not included in duration)

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