The American

Anton Corbijn’s The American could be the victim of poor marketing. Commercials and trailers play up gunplay and a man on the run; in fact, the man on the run, Jack (George Clooney), isn’t going anywhere. He’s holed up in a small Italian village making a gun; most of the bullets fired in this film are for target practice, as he’s a craftsman checking the accuracy of his work—and to be sure, this film is the work of a craftsman. Corbijn relies heavily on Clooney’s magnetism, which is shrouded by a solitary man’s emotional pain, but this is certainly a purposefully slow film. It’s tough to make that sizzle in 30-second TV ads, but give it the better part of two hours, and The American is a pretty potent weapon.

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Director:

  • Anton Corbijn

Cast:

  • George Clooney
  • Violante Placido
  • Thekla Reuten
  • Paolo Bonacelli
  • Johan Leysen
  • Bruce Altman
  • Irina Björklund
  • Filippo Timi
  • Anna Foglietta

Producers:

  • Anne Carey
  • Jill Green
  • Ann Wingate
  • Grant Heslov
  • George Clooney
  • Enzo Sisti

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