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American Heart (1992)

R  |   |  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's only hope was a dream... Nick's only hope was Jack. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexual situations | See all certifications »

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7 May 1993 (USA)  »

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American Heart - Die zweite Chance  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$384,048 (USA)
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The story is based on the relationship between a young runaway in the 1980s named Dewayne and his father who was incarcerated for robbery and attempted arson. They can both be seen in the 1984 documentary, Streetwise, which focuses on several of Seattle's runaway youth in the 1980s. Dewayne committed suicide at the age of 14. The story was later developed by Peter Silverman. Martin Bell, Mary Ellen Mark. Then, Silverman and Bell wrote the screenplay. 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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Great performance by Bridges!
14 August 2003 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Man, was Jeff Bridges excellent in this! Talk about being pitch perfect in a character who is trying to change and just having the hardest time. Subtle touches, like when he takes away the joint from his son, only to slip it into his own pocket. This is a good film, small gem. Rent it!


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