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American Heart (1992)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  7 May 1993 (USA)
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Jack is now out of jail and he meets Nick, his adolescent son. Their relationship will be complicated, because Jack has a problem with alcohol. But his love for Nick will help him to get over the past and reach his dreams.

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After leaving jail, Jack Kelson wants to live a normal life. He rents a small flat, moves in with his son Nick and tries to get a steady job. But then a former friend steps into his life again. Written by Markus Lasermann <mslaserm@trick.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

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Jack Kelson is going straight. And his son's breaking the law to help him. See more »

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Jack Kelson: I was afraid something like this was going to happen. His mother was a mess. I mean he was coming along learning stuff, he had a hell of potential that kid coulda, been anything. what happened to him?
Charlotte: He isn't dead.
Jack Kelson: No not yet.
Charlotte: Why do you think he's out there?
Jack Kelson: Well, he started hangin' out with that chippy downstairs and and those street punks and next thing hes coming home with a pair of high heels. The rest is history.
Charlotte: You don't think that filling up that boys head with dreams and them kicking...
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Father and son
13 July 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"American Heart", which was released in 1992 was an excellent dramatic account of the relationship between a father and his impressionable teen age son. Jeff Bridges helped to produce the film, that is directed with great sense of style by Martin Bell, a man that should be appreciated for his uncompromising way of looking at life. Mr. Bell collaborated on the screen play with Peter Silverman, a writer that has worked extensively on television.

Jack Kelson is an ex-con who wants to go straight. In the process he inherits his own son, who has been living away. They both end in Seattle trying to make a new start. Unfortunately, Jack Kelson has left behind enemies that ultimately want him dead. Jack figured he wants to start a new life in Alaska, away from the evil environment of crime in Seattle.

Jeff Bridges is the best thing in this movie. We had seen this movie when it first was released, and we are impressed how well it still plays. Mr. Bridges is an accomplished actor who is totally believable in whatever he decides to play. It's his honesty that pulls us to him, and even this tough man he is portraying, shows redeeming qualities. Edward Furlong is also equally good as the young Nick, who clearly adores his father. The last scene at the ferry, when it's not clear Jack will make it and Nick is looking for him all over the place, has to be one of the most heart wrenching moments in this film.

The musical score is amazing. Tom Waits songs in the background contribute to the feeling of despair the director created for us. Also Fats Waller's song "Im Crazy 'Bout My Baby" is heard in the film.

This is a film that endures the passing of time thanks to the great contribution Martin Bell made to the film.


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