American Friend, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1977) / Region 1
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American Friend, The: The Criterion Collection

Wim Wenders pays loving homage to rough-and-tumble Hollywood film noir with The American Friend, a loose adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel Ripley's Game. Dennis Hopper oozes quirky menace as an amoral American art dealer who entangles a terminally ill German everyman, played by Bruno Ganz, in a seedy criminal underworld as revenge for a personal slight-but when the two become embroiled in an ever-deepening murder plot, they form an unlikely bond. Filmed on location in Hamburg and Paris, with some scenes shot in grimy, late-seventies New York City, Wenders's international breakout is a stripped-down crime story that mixes West German and American film flavors, and it features cameos by filmmakers Jean Eustache, Samuel Fuller, and Nicholas Ray.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 08 2015
  • Production Year 1977
  • Empire SKU 1769738
  • UPC Code 715515165815
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Subtitles English

Features

New, restored 4K digital transfer, commissioned by the Wim Wenders Stiftung: A Foundation and supervised by director Wim Wenders
Audio commentary from 2002 featuring Wenders and actor Dennis Hopper
New interview with Wenders
New interview with actor Bruno Ganz
Deleted scenes with audio commentary by Wenders
Trailer
New English translation
Plus: An essay by author Francine Prose

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Surround
    French Dolby Digital Surround
    German Dolby Digital Surround
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.66:1 Color

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