"The American" is a suspense thriller that stars Academy Award winner George Clooney in the title role for director Anton Corbijn ("Control"). The screenplay by Rowan Joffe is adapted from Martin Booth's 1990 novel "A Very Private Gentleman." The cast also includes Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten and Paolo Bonacelli.

As an assassin, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten).

Savoring the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman, Clara (Violante Placido). Jack and Clara's time together evolves into a romance, one seemingly free of danger. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

"The American" is a Focus Features presentation of a This is that/Greenlit/Smokehouse production. The executive producer is Enzo Sisti. The film is produced by Anne Carey, Jill Green, Ann Wingate, Grant Heslov and George Clooney.


Genre: Drama
Runtime: 105 mins.
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Language(s): English, Italian
Distributor: Focus Features
Production Companies:
This Is That Productions

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