The American

Factual error: Clooney refers to the rifle as an "M14". The Rüger Mini-14 is a different rifle than the M14 (used e.g. by the Marine Corps prior to the M16).


Factual error: When Clooney and his 'contact' test out the Mini 14, they fire at brushes, showing that the scope is not centered. Instead of making the windage adjustments, they actually adjust the top of the scope, making elevation adjustments.

Continuity mistake: When Jack gives Mathilde the rifle at the bar, the number 4 plastic sign on the table keeps moving around between shots.

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Trivia: When Jack is entering the bar where he receives a letter from a friend, a song is played on the radio. The song is 'Tu vuò fà l'americano' by Italian singer Renato Carosone. It means 'You want to do American' or 'You're an American wannabe', a reference to Jack, who is American, and of course the title of the movie. (00:38:45 - 00:39:50)


Jack: Did you ever wanna be anything but a priest?
Father Benedetto: Have you ever wanted to be anything other than a photographer?
Jack: I do what I'm good at.

Pavel: And above all... don't make any friends, Jack. You used to know that.

Father Benedetto: I ask him to look after those of my friends who are sinners.
Jack: All men are sinners.
Father Benedetto: Some are greater sinners than others. But those who seek peace are much sinning in the history.

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Question: Why did Clooney say to his so called boss in the beginning that his Swedish girlfriend that he shot dead had nothing to do with it?

Answer: Because she didn't, but once she saw evidence of who/what he was, he had to kill her to protect his identity.

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