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American Heart (1992)

R | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 7 May 1993 (USA)
An ex-convict is tracked down by his estranged teenage son, and the pair try to build a relationship and life together in Seattle.

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

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$384,048 (USA)
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Jack's parole officer who's name is Normandy, tells him "15 will get him 20". This is an actual quote uttered by Lulu in "Streetwise", the documentary this film is based on. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, the ferry is leaving Seattle (towards Bainbridge Island or Bremerton). However a few seconds later we see the boat wake with the Olympic Mountains in the distance indicating the boat is headed towards Seattle, not away from it. See more »

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Normandy: What high school you put him in?
Nick Kelson: Garfield.
Jack Kelson: That's right.
Nick Kelson: You're not gonna arrest him sir? Are ya? We're jst starting out, he's a real good guy.
Normandy: I need to know you can handle this.
Jack Kelson: I can handle this.
Normandy: You sure you can handle this?
Jack Kelson: Yes, sir.
[Normandy takes the handcuffs off Jack and gives him a urine test cup]
Jack Kelson: [to Nick] Outta the way.
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References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »

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Cocktails For Two
Composed by Arthur Johnston, Sam Coslow
Performed by Michael White
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Fighting Malevolent Forces
8 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

American Heart casts Jeff Bridges in the role of a recently paroled convict who would like to make a fresh start of things. But from the gitgo he's saddled with a responsibility of his own making. His 14 year old son Edward Furlong runs away from the uncle he's been staying with and hooks up with Bridges.

Sad to say but it's like they're doomed from the start. They live in an SRO hotel on Seattle's seamier side. Bridges is working as a window washer, barely making ends meet. Furlong tries to enroll in school, but the bureaucracy proves too much. He falls in with a lot of street kids including child hooker Tracey Kapisky who reminds me very much of Jodie Foster in Taxi. She's lives in the same SRO with her mother who's in the same profession and jealous of her daughter.

Bridges also has a younger associate, Don Harvey who'd like to get him back in the criminal life. He's also found a bit of romance with a prison pen pal in Lucinda Jenney.

American Heart is a real downer of a film, but very well done. Sad to these are very real people. But oddly enough it follows the same plot line as the Shirley Temple movie Now and Forever with Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard. Sort of like an R-rated version of it.

This film is not one for those who like happy endings. Still I think it is one Jeff Bridges finest screen achievements.


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