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

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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 character of "Freddie" was based on a real life street kid, named Lulu. Lulu was featured in the documentary Streetwise, and just like Freddie, she stood up for other street kids. Lulu was stabbed to death after Streetwise filmed, her funeral was covered by CNN and over 200 people attended. 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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Jack Kelson: Evicted... huh... well... that's it... flat broke... 3 days we'll be hugging the pavement... eh it's all fucked.
Nick Kelson: We can't give up Jack, We'll get there.
Jack Kelson: Yeah, after 8,000 more fuckin' windows.
Nick Kelson: What are ya talkin' about?
Jack Kelson: My job, boy. Washin' windows
Nick Kelson: Washing windows? You said you had a job in construction, you're a building supervisor.
Jack Kelson: So I lied! Ain't the first time.
Nick Kelson: All you've been doing to me is lying to me since the day you left me there back at the bus station.
Jack Kelson: Put your mouth in park, leave ...
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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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