Scudder is a detective with the Sheriff's Department who is forced to shoot a violent suspect during a narcotics raid. The ensuing psychological aftermath of this shooting worsens his ... See full summary »
After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city ... See full summary »
A talented young photographer, who enjoys snapping photos of his satirical, perverted Baltimore neighborhood and his wacky family, gets dragged into a world of pretentious artists from New York City and finds newfound fame.
San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires ... See full summary »
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 »
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 »
"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.
20 of 25 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?