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The American (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 26 December 1998
After the horror of the Civil War, "ignorant" Christopher Newman (Matthew Modine) made his fortune. He travels to France is search of cultural treasures. He won't get past the Paris ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Unwin

Writers:

Henry James (novel), Michael Hastings
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Christopher Newman
Diana Rigg ... Madame de Bellegarde
Aisling O'Sullivan Aisling O'Sullivan ... Claire De Cintré
Paul Hickey ... Henri de Bellegarde
Andrew Scott ... Valentin de Bellegarde
Brenda Fricker ... Mrs. Bread
Eva Birthistle ... Noemie Nioche
T.P. McKenna ... Marquis de Bellegarde
Phillip O'Sullivan Phillip O'Sullivan ... Marquis de Cintre
Ian Fitzgibbon Ian Fitzgibbon ... Tom Tristram
Joe Pilkington Joe Pilkington ... Armand Nioche
Ed Bishop ... Gen. Packard
Alison McKenna Alison McKenna ... Mrs. Tristram
Anita Reeves Anita Reeves ... The Duchess
David Heap David Heap ... Stanislas Kapp
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After the horror of the Civil War, "ignorant" Christopher Newman (Matthew Modine) made his fortune. He travels to France is search of cultural treasures. He won't get past the Paris nightlife. He falls in love with Claire de Cintré (Aisling O'Sullivan). She was married off and traumatized by her abusive late husband for the family's sake. Her elder brother supports their ruthless mother, but Valentin (Andrew Scott) is besotted with the artist and strikes up a partnership with Christopher. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama

Certificate:

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Could be better, but still good
15 April 2005 | by DhariaLezinSee all my reviews

I have never read the novel in which this movie is based. However, it is maybe like in all the books. The movie will never be better than the book (Lets mention The Lord Of The Rings, for example, or The Never Ending Story, Little Women... and on and on) so I learned few years ago that any time I watch a movie I wont ever compare it with the book, otherwise I am almost sure I wont like it. So, if I don't even consider that there is a novel about this movie, then I can consider is a good one. The camera movements talk for themselves, all the photography is awesome, since Claire's close-ups to the Bellegardes' facade. I would call it very sentimental shots, that make you able to feel Claire's sadness, and the mother's craziness, and maybe the music helps a lot. Something extra is that this movie has not the typical happy-end, and that's something I like a lot. I find also (even I am not a psychologist) the psychology of the characters very well treated.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ireland

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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