Year: 2010
USA: Focus Features
UK: Universal Pictures International UK
Cast: George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, Irina Björklund, Johan Leysen, Björn Granath, Filippo Timi, Samuli Vauramo
Director: Anton Corbijn
Country: USA
USA & UK: 105 mins
USA Rated: R for violence, sexual content and nudity
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong sex and one gory image
USA Release Date: 1 September 2010
UK Release Date: 26 November 2010


Adapted from Martin Booth's 1990 novel A Very Private Gentleman, THE AMERICAN stars George Clooney as Jack, a lone assassin, constantly moving from place to place wherever the next job takes him. When an assignment in Sweden doesn't end well, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside for a much needed break from death. While staying in a small mediaeval town of Abruzzo, Jack accepts a contract to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten).

Soaking up the peace of the mountain scenery, Jack is befriended by a local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and meets a beautiful woman, Clara (Violante Placido). Jack and Clara's romantic liaison is one seemingly free of danger, but by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate

Suspense thriller THE AMERICAN stars Academy Award winner George Clooney in the title role with co-stars Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, and is directed by Anton Corbijn (CONTROL)with a screenplay by Rowan Joffe.