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American Heart (1992)

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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 <>

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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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7 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Heart - Die zweite Chance  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$384,048 (USA)

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Nick Kelson: Oh.
Jack Kelson: Here.
[Jack hands one of them a hot dog on a bun]
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Charlotte: Oh. Uh- ooh.
[Charlotte gets out of the car to get the Ketchup]
Jack Kelson: [to Nick] You were staring at her like a Goddamn yard bull. That's one fine lady, what do you got to say for yourself?
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Good performances; intelligent story.
25 November 1998 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie features another great performance from Jeff Bridges, as a convicted felon whose son wants to have a relationship with him. It's a rare cinematic look at the strained father-teenage son relationship. Edward Furlong is sympathetic as Bridges' persistent son. The ending bothered me a bit - almost too anti-Hollywood, but this film is not driven by plot. The characters are the meat of this story. Makes a worthwhile rental.

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