7.4/10 (IMDB)

The American Friend

2h 07m Crime | Drama | Mystery
The American Friend
The American Friend


Tom Ripley has a sweet deal with an art forger. The forger creates the paintings; Tom sells them. But another criminal business associate wants Tom to go in for an even riskier enterprise: murder. Tom suggests his associate ask a local picture framer instead. That man has a fatal disease, or so it's rumored. More, he has a wife and kid that surely he wouldn't want to leave penniless. Let this picture framer be a hit man, and no one will suspect. The terminally ill craftsman may agree to the misdeed, and several more, but he'll end up needing Tom Ripley in a pinch.


Wim Wenders


Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer


Not Rated




West Germany, France


German, English, French

Main Trailer


  • German Film Awards
  • Bambi Awards
  • Sant Jordi Awards
  • National Board of Review


  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Edinburgh Int'l Film Festival
  • Stockholm Int'l Film Festival
  • Singapore Int´l Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival
  • Sofia Int'l Film Festival
  • Berlin Int'l Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival
  • Sarajevo Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival
  • Panorama of European Cinema
  • Belgrade Film Festival
  • Zlín Student Film Festival
  • and more...