The suspense thriller The American 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.
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.
A Focus Features presentation of a This is that/Greenlit/Smokehouse production. An Anton Corbijn Film. George Clooney. The American. Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli. Casting by Beatrice Kruger. Costume Designer, Suttirat Anne Larlarb. Music by Herbert Grönemeyer. Editor, Andrew Hulme. Production Designer, Mark Digby. Director of Photography, Martin Ruhe. Executive Producer, Enzo Sisti. Produced by Anne Carey, Jill Green, Ann Wingate, Grant Heslov, George Clooney. Based on the novel A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth. Screenplay by Rowan Joffe. Directed by Anton Corbijn. A Focus Features Release.