About the Film | The American Movie Synopsis | Focus Features

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.

Jack

- George Clooney

Clara

- Violante Placido

Mathilde

- Thekla Reuten

Father Benedetto

- Paolo Bonacelli

Director

- Anton Corbijn

Screenplay

- Rowan Joffe

Novel

- Martin Booth

Producer

- Anne Carey

Producer

- Jill Green

Producer

- Ann Wingate

Producer

- Grant Heslov

Producer

- George Clooney

Executive Producer

- Enzo Sisti

Director of Photography

- Martin Ruhe

Production  Designer

- Mark Digby

Editor

- Andrew Hulme

Music

- Herbert Grönemeyer

Costume  Designer

- Suttirat Anne Larlarb