THE AMERICAN FRIEND (2003) Twenty-two years before Anthony Minghella spurred a Ripley revival, German director Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) adapted Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game into a French-flavored thriller…
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THE AMERICAN FRIEND (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jan 07, 2003; With: Bruno Ganz and Dennis Hopper

Twenty-two years before Anthony Minghella spurred a Ripley revival, German director Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) adapted Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game into a French-flavored thriller about friendship, isolation, and its own moody self. As Ripley, Hopper -- amounting to a mannered cackle in a cowboy hat -- gets Ganz's terminally ill family man mixed up in murder. Apart from the swanky action scenes, any suspense is diffused by a running essay on filmmaking (pointless cameos by Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller), and the Highsmith tightrope goes slack.

Originally posted Feb 21, 2003 Published in issue #696-697 Feb 21, 2003 Order article reprints