The American

September 1st 2010
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 103 min,
  • Focus Features
  • Cast: George Clooney, Irina Björklund, Lars Hjelm, Johan Leysen, Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Gobbi, Silvana Bosi, Thekla Reuten, Guido Palliggiano, Samuli Vauramo, Antonio Rampino, Violante Placido, Filippo Timi, Ilaria Cramerotti, Angelica Novak, Isabelle Adriani, Raffaele Serao , Anna Foglietta, Sandro Dori, Björn Granath, Patrizio Pelizzi
  • Director: Anton Corbijn
  • Writer: Rowan Joffe
  • Producers: Anne Carey, George Clooney, Jill Green, Grant Heslov, Ann Wingate
  • Executive Producer: Enzo Sisti
  • Art Direction: Denis Schnegg
  • Casting: Béatrice Kruger
  • Costume Design: Suttirat Anne Larlarb
  • D.O.P.: Martin Ruhe
  • Editor: Andrew Hulme
  • Makeup: Jenny Fred
  • Music: Herbert Grönemeyer
  • Production Design: Mark Digby
  • Set Decoration: Michelle Day


Alone among assassins, Jack (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), is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues romance with local woman Clara (Violante Placido). But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Abruzzo, Italy; Rome, Italy; Stockholm, Sweden
  • MPAA Warning: Violence, sexual content and nudity
  • Production Budget: $20 million
  • Production Companies: Focus Features, Greenlit Rights, Smoke House, This Is That Productions
  • Production Schedule: 28 September 2009 - November 2009

Featured Articles


2010 Guide Analysis: "Not a lot is known about this assassin thriller with George Clooney as a hitman which only recently wrapped filming. Acclaimed music video director Anton Corbijn, whose first theatrical feature was the 2007 biopic "Control" about the late Joy Divison singer Ian Curtis, helms this which seems like an unusual choice.

"28 Weeks Later" scribe Rowan Joffe adapted the story from Martin Booth's book "A Very Private Gentlemen", but the two previous adaptations of his work have yielded only TV movies. Despite Clooney's presence, the film is essentially an indie picture but could prove a welcome distraction in the otherwise usually anaemic early Fall period."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 2 September 2010: Russia
  • 10 September 2010: Italy, Romania, Sweden
  • 16 September 2010: Germany, Malaysia, Netherlands
  • 17 September 2010: Norway, Spain
  • 23 September 2010: Israel
  • 8 October 2010: Finland
  • 10 October 2010: Portugal
  • 14 October 2010: Argentina, Greece
  • 28 October 2010: Hungary
  • 26 November 2010: Ireland, UK
  • 16 December 2010: Australia