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Jack is on vacation where he tries to find friendships and pursues a liasion with a beautiful woman. But by stepping out of the shadows, jack maybe tempting fate.


Studio Universal
SKU 217952996
UPC 025192053740
UPC 14 00025192053740
Format DVD
Release Date 9/25/2012
Rating Rating
Editors Note
Note In the aftermath of a job gone awry, an American hitman retreats to the Italian countryside, where he befriends a local priest and strikes up an unexpected romance while awaiting the details of his next assignment. Jack (George Clooney) is lucky to be alive after his Swedish assignment went sour, and he knows that it's only a matter of time before his luck runs out. Not eager to tempt fate again, Jack arrives in a small Italian town and takes a job assembling a weapon for the mysterious Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). During this uncharacteristically peaceful interlude, Jack befriends kindly clergyman Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli), and connects with pretty local Clara (Violante Placido). But in the process of reaching out for a little human contact, Jack is making himself more vulnerable than ever. THE AMERICAN was adapted for the screen from the novel A VERY PRIVATE GENTLEMAN by author Martin Booth.
Chicago Sun-Times 4 stars out of 4 -- "Every performance is tightly controlled. Clooney is in complete command of his effect." 08/31/2010 ,Included in Roger Ebert's "The Best Films of 2010" -- "The film sees dispassionately, guards its secrets, and ends like a clockwork mechanism arriving at its final, clarifying tick." 12/16/2010
A.V. Club "[A] slow-burning thriller....THE AMERICAN's muted pleasures rest heavily on the sustained air of mystery around Clooney, and Corbijn, a pristine stylist, keeps the atmosphere nice and thick." -- Grade: B 09/01/2010
Los Angeles Times "[I]t's a very different, more removed Clooney than audiences are used to seeing....It's a much more interior performance than usual, a dark, withdrawn role that completely avoids the actors' usual high-wattage smile..." 09/01/2010
Wall Street Journal "[An] elegantly crafted existential thriller....[Clooney] keeps you attentive, and the drama's seriousness finally earns your respect." 09/03/2010
Rolling Stone "Dutch director Anton Corbijn, working from a script by Rowan Joffe, holds his film to a steady, often glacial pace....A film of startling austerity." 09/02/2010
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "The film has a contemplative allure, unfolding at a deliberate pace....Clooney plays the enigmatic title character with mature confidence." 09/01/2010
Movieline "[A] contemplative thriller....Watching Clooney wander toward his character's lost self is one of the great pleasures of the movie." 08/31/2010
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] stylish throwback to the existential crime thrillers of the '70s." 10/22/2010
Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "[Corbijn] takes the thriller genre and -- far from proving a safe pair of hands -- elevates it to the level of poetry." 12/01/2010
Sight and Sound "[A]dmirable for its defiance and acidity....It's mature, fastidiously logical with exposition, and patient..." 12/01/2010
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "Corbijn enjoys silence and master shots -- the slow-build over the whizz-bang. There are some terrific scenes..." 11/24/2010
Film Comment "Much of the film's expressive currency is committed to procedural patience, in the tradition of Jean-Pierre Melville's stoic studies of underworld industry." 01/01/2011
Paolo Bonacelli
George Clooney
Irina Bjorklund
Violante Placido
Cast & Crew
Paolo Bonacelli - Star
George Clooney - Star
Irina Bjorklund - Star
Violante Placido - Star
Thekla Reuten - Star
Silvana Bosi - Co-Star
Ilaria Cramerotti - Co-Star
Samuli Vauramo - Co-Star
Anna Foglietta - Co-Star
Lars Hjelm - Co-Star
Guido Palliggiano - Co-Star
Antonio Rampino - Co-Star
Isabelle Adriani - Co-Star
Angelica Novak - Co-Star
Raffaele Serao - Co-Star
Filippo Timi - Co-Star
Herbert Gronemeyer - Composer
Sandro Dori - Co-Star
Bjorn Granath - Co-Star
Johan Leysen - Co-Star
Giorgio Gobbi - Co-Star
Franco Salamon - Stunt Coordinator
Rowan Joffe - Screenwriter
Mishka Cheyko - Assistant Director
Dennis Schnegg - Supervising Art Director
Michelle Day - Set Decorator
Modus EFX - Visual Effects Designer
Lucie Graves - Post-Production Supervisor
Stefano Corridori - Special Effects
Paul Davies - Sound
Andrew Stirk - Sound Re-Recording
Jamie Roden - Sound Re-Recording
Samankta Mura - Hairstylist
Martin Ruhe - Director of Photography
Erik Paoletti - Production Manager/UPM
Federico Laurenti - Makeup
Martin Booth - Source Writer
Claudio Quaglietti - Special Effects
Anton Corbijn - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00025192053740
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 105 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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