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American [Blu-ray] [2010] [US Import]

George Clooney , Paolo Bonacelli , Anton Corbijn    Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: George Clooney, Paolo Bonacelli, Violante Placido, Irina Björklund, Lars Hjelm
  • Directors: Anton Corbijn
  • Writers: Martin Booth, Rowan Joffe
  • Producers: George Clooney, Ann Wingate, Anne Carey, Enzo Sisti, Grant Heslov
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Dec 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG9940
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,884 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Control's Anton Corbijn gives the crime film a distinctly European twist in this understated thriller (think The Day of the Jackal). A trim George Clooney plays Jack, a hit man who relocates from Sweden to Italy after assailants try to take his life. Jack's handler (Johan Leysen) advises him not to make any friends, which proves easier said than done. Ensconced in medieval Abruzzo, the assassin passes himself off as a photographer (in Martin Booth's novel, A Very Private Gentleman, he claimed to be an illustrator), but he's actually customizing an assault rifle for Mathilde (Thekla Reuten), his female counterpart. Upon his excursions through town, Jack meets Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli), who senses he has something to confess--"A priest sees everything," he explains--but Jack would prefer to share a brandy. He also befriends Clara, a prostitute (Violante Placido, perfectly comfortable with onscreen nudity). What starts out as a sexual relationship deepens as Jack's sensitive side--he has a thing for butterflies--emerges, but then the Swedes discover his hiding place, and Jack develops doubts about his lady friends, leading to a showdown that plays like a scene from an old Western, a debt Corbijn acknowledges when Jack chances upon a broadcast of Once upon a Time in the West. If the conclusion doesn't cut as deep as the director intends, his admirable restraint throughout keeps the tension at a low boil, while Clooney tamps down his charisma to play a dogged professional with redemption on his mind. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Academy Award winner George Clooney is The American in a suspense thriller from director Anton Corbijn. After a job ends more violently than expected, Jack (Clooney) retreats to the Italian countryside and accepts one last assignment to construct a deadly weapon for a mysterious contact. But when he pursues a relationship with a beautiful local woman, he may be tempting fate by stepping out of the shadows. Jack soon finds himself in an escalating battle to escape from his secretive past in The American.

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow paced but comes to a great crescendo 19 Dec 2010
Based on the novel "A Very Private Gentleman" by Martin Booth, The American follows the story of Jack (George Clooney - Up In The Air) an assassin and weapon smith. After his cover is blown in Sweden, Jack flees to Italy and is sent to lie-low in the picturesque hill-top town of Castel Vecchio. Jack's paranoia means he is distrusting of his handler and relocates to the nearby Castel del Monte. Unused to foreigners in their midst, the locals dub him "The American" despite Jack's insistence he is here solely for the photographic panoramas the town affords. After befriending the local priest rather inadvertently, Jack begins to relax in his new surroundings until his handler gives him another job involving another assassin (the beautiful Thekla Reuten - In Bruges), will he take it? Or will he leave his old life behind for the seemingly fleeting happiness that Castel del Monte grants him?

A deep sense of menace sets into this film from the get-go and how could it not with an opening scene revealing some pretty telling issues about our protagonist despite only a handful of words being said. It is this sense of foreboding that carries this film in its slower parts and it's not without its lulls. However there is something of a wordless character development going on in the lulls as we see Jack is a rigorously methodical man, exercising religiously and the artisanal-like devotion he gives to his trade. His relationship with the handful of locals he befriends are all telling about some part of his psyche and helps us understand the type of man Jack is.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous slow-burning European film 3 Mar 2011
If you're expecting a brash American blockbuster with George Clooney wise-cracking his way through it, think again.

This ia a very European film, beautifully observed, beautifully filmed, slow moving and sometimes low on dialogue. George Clooney gives a superb, subdued performance as the insular assassin hiding out in stunning Italian countryside. The Italian and Belgian leading ladies are also superb - and ever so sexy.

I feel this is a marvellous film, one of the best of 2010. However, I accept that some movie-goers would have preferred a brash guns-and-explosions American extravaganza, and those people are likely to be a little puzzled and perhaps even slightly disappointed. This film probably has more in common with "Cinema Paradiso" than with "Ocean's Eleven". A teen movie it ain't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The protagonist is reserved and very skilled at keeping his real job a secret, and is aptly played by unusually subdued performance from George Clooney, the exception being his need for female companionship. A man of few words, his work seems to encompass being a gun for hire, but his skills set also extends to making custom-making firearms for other Assassins. Through a series of near fatal incidents he is forced change locations rapidly as he tries to find out who is trying to kill him thus unfolds a moody thriller with majestic backdrop of the Italian countryside and a sting in the tale.

This film is not for everyone's tastes, as the film is short on discourse and little is really explained to the viewer - BUT it has lashings of atmosphere and amazing scenic photography of the Italian countryside. When the action comes it is intense and rather like a series of rapid punches. The Blu-ray has good extras and the picture quality is very good too. A film, which for me - is well deserving of a good four stars, and dare I repeat myself again that this is not for everyone as can be seen by some of the more lacklustre and negative reviews here on Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inexorable 25 Oct 2011
This is an interesting and atmospheric film though I did resort to the fast forward now and then (forgive me, for I know what I do). The hero is a hit man who is being hit. The film therefore consists of a lot of checking terrain before moving, and a lot of doubling back. It also contains a number of clues and red-herrings which I must avoid in the review. Putting aside the DAY OF THE JACKAL technical piece (he said hiding his Dremel drill set) this is a film about being hunted. It lacks the driving pace of DAY or of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, and in this respect resembles fishing rather than shooting. The hit men sent to kill our hero are notably inept, tracks in the snow tsk tsk, but they do (in the best Sundance Kid tradition) keep coming.

As George Clooney is the anti-hero there are a number of layers of babes (if you'll pardon the pun) all of which adds to the sense of unease and some excellent red herrings.

If you don't mind long films that develop slowly (with nice locations) this is a beaut. But if you prefer your action fast and furious I would recommend you give it a miss
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rather good 6 May 2011
I'm not a Clooney fan, I should say that from the start.

I saw this film on a plane and was gripped from the start. Minimalist film, moody, with some stunning females and really excellent photography.

Italy looked like the real thing, not a travelogue.

Characters were all believable, drama was high and often surprising, ending was unexpected, but then I like happy endings.

One of the best films of the moment, in my opinion, and I saw many of them on the long outbound and return flights.

Well recommended and I will buy it on Blu-Ray, if only for the imagery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Oooeee George yum yum
Published 4 days ago by Rapunzel21
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to expectations
We all kept waiting for something to happen. Slow wasn't the word - half the family fell asleep. Boy did I get some stick for picking this one.
Published 1 month ago by M. R. Weatherhead
2.0 out of 5 stars Not All That Good
Saw around 20 minutes of this on TV, and thought it looked good, after buying the DVD wasn't too impressed. not a great movie. but then again what else can you get for £1. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Lay
5.0 out of 5 stars The American
Great movie !
Arrived within 36 hours.
New and sealed copy.
Just add a drink of your choice and pop-corn and you have a perfect evening's entertainment !
Published 5 months ago by walks21
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it big and loud!
I chose to rate it 5 stars because it's great on a 50" screen with the sound blasting out a hi-fi. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Scribble
1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, uninspired and a waste of time - also insulting!
This is a terrible film. And to all you George Clooney fans out there who obviously take an aversion to my accurate assessment of this rubbish film. TOUGH! Read more
Published 6 months ago by david
1.0 out of 5 stars A Stinker
Just endured 1hr 44mins of the otherwise imperious George Clooney at his worst. A poorly directed, poorly produced movie that is chronically incongruous, rife with useless non... Read more
Published 8 months ago by TimL
4.0 out of 5 stars diversr clooney
A very good story line and a diverse venture by Clooney who likes to change around through his journey in the world of movies and not stick to a ' glam role ' as many viewers see... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pseudonym
4.0 out of 5 stars nice location
good acting and nice change for mr cloony to play bady , a bit confusimg in places and at start
Published 10 months ago by hass
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie
A good movie,

A good action, slow at first then some action until the end.

Good to watch it.

Published 10 months ago by Brian Cooke
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