Americano (film)

Americano (film)

name= Americano

caption = The movie poster for "Americano".
writer=Kevin Noland
starring=Joshua Jackson
Leonor Varela
Timm Sharp
Ruthanna Hopper
Dennis Hopper
director=Kevin Noland
music=Sebastian Arocha-Morton
Peter Golub | distributor=MTI Home Video
released=January 7 2005
runtime=95 min.
amg_id = 1:342507
producer=Ruthanna Hopper
Clark McCutchen
Kelly J. Noland
Kevin Noland
Maricel Pagulayan
Mark Edward Roberts
Nick Satriano

"Americano" is a 2005 American film. The film stars Joshua Jackson, Leonor Varela, Timm Sharp, Ruthanna Hopper, and Dennis Hopper. It was written and directed by Kevin Noland.


Chris McKinley (Jackson) is a recent college graduate backpacking through Europe. He is trying to enjoy and gain as much as he can from his last days there before he starts his new career back in the United States. When he reaches Pamplona along with two friends he meets a new trio of people. He meets an Australian thrill-seeker, a Spaniard named Adella (Varela), and a provocateur (D. Hopper). This new trio encourages McKinley to think about the life and path he has chosen to take and he does so. When the time for him to leave becomes close he must ponder whether he should take the road to his fast-track career or take a new path into his life.


Throughout the film there are several references to literary works which parallel the themes of the movie. There are repeated allusions to the famous writer Ernest Hemingway and to his novel The Sun Also Rises. "The Sun Also Rises" is the story of a group of friends in Spain in the 1920s. Another reference is to Herman Hesse's tale of the buddha, Siddhartha, a story of sacrifice and a journey to finding one's self. The reference to "Siddhartha" is in one of the last scenes right after Chris and Adella had slept together. Adella is scanning through Chris' journal and finds a page with a summary of Siddhartha which discusses its main plot.

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