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The American Friend

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The American Friend
(Der amerikanische Freund)
The American Friend Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
FRA.jpg France
Directed by Wim Wenders
Release Date 1977
Language German
Studio Bavaria Film
Filmverlag der Autoren
Les Films du Losange
Main Cast
Character Actor
Tom Ripley Dennis Hopper
Jonathan Zimmermann Bruno Ganz
Marianne Zimmermann Lisa Kreuzer
Raoul Minot Gérard Blain
Derwatt Nicholas Ray

The American Friend (original title Der amerikanische Freund) is a 1977 German/French crime drama directed by Wim Wenders and based on the novel "Ripley's Game" by Patricia Highsmith.

Another cinema adaptation of the same novel is Ripley's Game (2002) directed by Liliana Cavani and starring John Malkovich and Dougray Scott.

The following weapons were used in the film The American Friend:


Smith & Wesson Model 36

Tom Ripley's (Dennis Hopper) personal firearm is a Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Tom Ripley holds his revolver in the beginning of the film.
Ripley with his revolver in the final scene.
A close view of the revolver.

Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector 2nd Model

During the scene in the train Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz) is armed with a large frame revolver that appears to be a Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector 2nd Model.

Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector 2nd Model, Military
Zimmermann holds the revolver fitted with sound suppressor.
A close view of the revolver.
Zimmermann holds the revolver.
Zimmermann readies for the action.
He attaches the sound suppressor.


Compact Beretta pistol

A compact pistol with distinctive Beretta features is used by Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz) in the scene in Paris. It is seen only partially but its size and the shape of the business end allow to guess that it's a Beretta M1919 or Beretta 418.

Beretta M1919 - .25 ACP
Beretta 418 - .25 ACP
Raoul Minot (Gérard Blain) teaches Zimmermann how to shoot from under the trench coat.
A close view of the business end of the pistol.

Walther PPK

When Raoul Minot (Gérard Blain) appears in Zimmermann's house, he is armed with a Walther PPK.

Walther PPK - 7.65 mm Browning aka .32 ACP
Minot enters the room.

Luger P04

In the final scene a hitman is armed with a pistol that appears to be a Luger P04 with its 15-cm barrel.

Luger P04 - 9x19 mm
The barrel of the pistol is seen in darkness.
Another view of the pistol.
Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz) holds the pistol taken from incapacitated hitman.

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