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* ApprovalOfGod: Patricia Highsmith initially disliked the film because Ripley's character didn't match her intentions. Only after she saw the film at a regular screening did she admit that Creator/WimWenders had captured the essence of Ripley.
* CreatorCouple: Lisa Kreuzer (Marianne) was married to Creator/WimWenders when this film was filmed and released.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Creator/DennisHopper improvised much of his dialogue. He improvised Ripley's dialogue when he is speaking into the tape recorder, saying that "there is nothing to fear but fear itself," because this scene was being shot on December 7th, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
* HostilityOnTheSet: According to the DVDCommentary, Creator/DennisHopper and Creator/BrunoGanz did not initially get along and got into a fistfight on the set. After a night of drinking, the two returned to the set with their differences settled.
* MethodActing: Creator/BrunoGanz worked in a frame shop for weeks to prepare for his role as a frame shop worker.
* PromotedFanboy: Creator/WimWenders was a fan of Patricia Highsmith and wanted to adapt one of her novels to film, especially ''The Tremor of Forgery'' or ''The Cry of the Owl''. When he learned that the rights to these novels and Highsmith's other novels had been sold, he met with her and she offered him the unpublished manuscript of ''Ripley's Game'', which was published in 1974. Wenders also uses elements of ''Ripley Under Ground'', though he did not have the rights to do so.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/WimWenders wanted to cast Creator/JohnCassavetes as Ripley, who declined and suggested Creator/DennisHopper for the part.
* WorkingTitle: Creator/WimWenders was not fond of the novel's title, ''Ripley's Game''. The film was shot under the working title ''Framed''. Another title considered was ''Rule Without Exception''. Wenders finally settled on ''The American Friend'' due to the relationship in the film between Ripley and Jonathan.
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The film was constantly being rewritten, on a daily basis.

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