This film is an adaptation of the 1990 novel A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth.
George Clooney's character chews gum a lot in the film because the character simply doesn't have a lot of dialogue and director Anton Corbijn wanted Clooney's face to not be completely static throughout. This is also another reference to spaghetti Westerns as Clint Eastwood - also a strong, silent character - would often be smoking a cigar.
Violante Placido is the daughter of Simonetta Stefanelli who, as Apollonia, stunned Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) some 40 years before this film's similar American-hiding-in-Italy was stunned by her daughter.
The American 2010
01 Sep 2010 ● English ● 1 hr 45 mins
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