Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz) believes that he will soon die of leukemia. An unscrupulous American named Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) learns of his plight and exploits Zimmermann’s illness for his own purposes. He introduces Zimmermann to underworld figure Minot (Gérard Blain), who offers to hire the terminally ill man as a professional hit man. He is to be paid extravagantly for his work, thus enabling him to leave something behind for his wife (Lisa Kreuzer) and their child. What does he have to lose, since he is going to die anyway? The cast of Wenders’ film includes not only the directors Hopper and Blain but also Hollywood legends Sam Fuller and Nicholas Ray, as well as Peter Lilienthal, Daniel Schmid, and Jean Eustache.