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  • Actors: George Clooney, Bjorn Granath, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, Lars Hjelm
  • Directors: Anton Corbijn
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GCK4B8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller, filmed on location in Italy.

Alone among assassins, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry (Bruce Altman) that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten of “In Bruges”), is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Italian stage and screen veteran Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues romance with local woman Clara (Italian leading lady Violante Placido). But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

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  • Journey to redemption: The Making of The American
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes

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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

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Must admit i have in recent years had mixed feelings in regards to 'George Clooney' movies, many have in my opinion been disappointing, and then, he gives us a 'gem'
often film trailers show the one or two scenes that make a film look better than it is overall, however i'm pleased to say that this film is as good as it looked.
In my opinion this film is one of 'George Clooney's' best role in reletively recent times.(Another being 'The Decendants')
He plays 'Jack' who 'constructs' precision weapons for 'hit's'
Throughout the film you do get the feeling, despite having gone to a remote Italian town, that he's being watched, he is a target.
He falls for prostitute 'Clara' (Violante Placido) and wants this to be his last job, but will he be allowed to step down.
The film is a tense affair that should keep you interested.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susman VINE VOICE on 14 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Gary Parker on 3 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
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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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
This is an 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BruceB VINE VOICE on 6 May 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James on 20 Jun. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I can't really understand the average reviews given to this excellent film except that it isn't your typical Hollywood blockbuster I guess. The cinematography and timing of the shots as directed by Anton Corbijn are outstanding. They mirror the dark and intense character portrayed by Clooney, an assassin who has become disillusioned. Is he seeking redemption? The shots of the Italian countryside add to the dark beauty of this film which sits in contrast to the nature of murder. Violante Placido was new to me and it was worth watching just for her...but I may be biased. If you need loud explosions every 30 seconds to keep you entertained this is not for you. If you like subtle character development combined with intense and beautifully dark cinematography you will not be disappointed.
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