The American

(2010)

Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller. 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.

‘The American’ Blu-ray and DVD Checks in on December 28th

Academy Award winner George Clooney (Up in the Air, Burn After Reading) is The American in this sexy suspense thriller from director Anton Corbijn (Control). The American follows elusive assassin Jack's (Clooney) treacherous journey as he completes his last assignment - but when he pursues a torrid relationship with a beautiful woman, Jack soon finds himself in a battle to escape from his troubled past. Also starring Violante Placido (Soul Mate), Thekla Reuten (In Bruges), and Paolo Bonacelli (Midnight Express), The American is a mesmerizing film critics are calling "a labyrinth of seduction, secrets and suspense!" (Jake Hamilton, Fox-TV).

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There were some big surprises at the box office last weekend as the George Clooney thriller The American did better than expected and beat out both Robert Rodriguez's Machete and the Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Going the Distance for the number one spot on the charts. But with the highly anticipated fourth chapter of the popular Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife opening this weekend, Clooney and company may have their hands full defending their number one position.

Predicted to fall one place from last week to number two is the international espionage thriller starring Oscar winner George Clooney (Syriana), entitled The American. Last week the movie made $4,594 on each of its 2,823 screens for an opening weekend total of $12.9 million, which was still not enough to earn back its $20 million production budget. But the movie is predicted to break even this weekend by earning an additional $9.3 million at the box office.

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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The American’ Assassinates the Box Office Holiday Weekend

Last week's box office race came down to the wire with Takers and The Last Exorcism both fighting it out for number one. On Sunday it looked like the Eli Roth produced horror film had come out on top but by Monday morning the hip-hop heist film had won the weekend. Now with three highly anticipated new movies opening this Labor Day weekend, including director Robert Rodriguez's Machete, Going the Distance starring Drew Barrymore, and The American with Oscar winner George Clooney, it was inevitable that we would have a new box office champ.

Debuting at number one this week and doing better than expected is the new international espionage thriller starring Oscar winner George Clooney (Syriana), entitled The American. The movie made $4,594 on each of its 2,823 screens for an opening weekend total of $12.9 million, which was still not enough to earn back their $20 million production budget. Its 4-day holiday weekend take is estimated to be $16.1 million, with its cumulative grosses since it opened on wednesday landing at $19.2 million.

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BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Can ‘Machete’ Take a Slice Out of the Box Office This Weekend?

It was a race to the finish line last week, as two new movies fought it out for number one at the box office. Sunday afternoon early predictions had the new horror film The Last Exorcism taking the number one spot with $20.3 million. But as of Monday morning, the clear winner for the weekend was the action-filled drama Takers, which earned $20.5 million. Both films will have their work cut out for them this weekend with three more new movies entering the box office charts, including director Robert Rodriguez's Machete, Going the Distance starring Drew Barrymore, and The American with Oscar winner George Clooney.

Predicted to debut at number one this week is the long-awaited new motion picture from visionary director Robert Rodriguez called Machete, which is based on the short film that was featured in his and Quentin Tarantino's movie Grindhouse. The film stars Danny Trejo (Heat) in the title role and also features a colorful cast of accomplished actors including Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four), Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar), Jeff Fahey (Lost), Cheech Marin (The Perfect Game), Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Steven Seagal (Half Past Dead), Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls) and Oscar winner Robert De Niro (Raging Bull).

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‘The American’ Video Clips Starring George Clooney

Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller. 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.

The American was released September 1st, 2010.

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Anton Corbijn directs this intense thriller coming to theaters in September.