The American Gets a Retro Poster

Apple has debuted the first poster for George Clooney’s “Hitman on a Last Job When It All Goes to Shit” movie “The American”. It’s interesting how a movie with such a generic premise managed to land not only Clooney, but a big Hollywood budget. I mean, can you get anymore unoriginal than this particular hitman movie cliche? And yet, here it is, with Clooney in the lead. Maybe this is why the poster for “The American” looks so retro and ’70s? It’s almost like the filmmakers realize just what a rehash this is. Go figure, Hollywood.

Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller, filmed on location in Italy. Alone among assassins, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact 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 of “In Bruges”), is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Italian stage and screen veteran Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues romance with local woman Clara (Italian leading lady Violante Placido). But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

Starring George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Bruce Altman, Violante Placido, Paolo Bonacelli, Filippo Timi, and directed by Anton Corbijn.

The American flees September 1, 2010.

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