American Son (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  January 2008 (USA)
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The story of a young Marine, fresh from Camp Pendleton, who is forced to confront the complexities of adulthood and a volatile home life during a four-day Thanksgiving leave.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Company Commander (voice)
Marine #1
Justin Diedolf ...
Marine #2
Renzo Fidani ...
Marine #3
Marine #4
Robert T. Parker ...
Marine #5
Dominique Valdez ...
Go USA! Guy
Danielle Barbosa ...
Cristina's Mother
Gaby Medina ...
Christina's Sister
Anthony Medina ...
Christina'a Brother
Erica Gluck ...


The story of a young Marine, fresh from Camp Pendleton, who is forced to confront the complexities of adulthood and a volatile home life during a four-day Thanksgiving leave.

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Anything can happen in 96 hours.


Drama | Romance | War

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Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Filho da América  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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provocative film, very moving and subtle. made me reflect about war...
12 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at a screening in LA with some friends and was very moved.

The story is in essence about a young marine who returns home for the first time since joining the army for Thanksgiving, before being shipped to Iraq. The movie follows his story for the 3 or 4 days of his visit home.

The movie is very topical, but subtle too - and deals with the sensitive effects of war on family, and young men whose lives are essentially put on pause for the Iraq war.

It is poignant that Mike meets Christina, someone who he really feels he could care about, the weekend before he is shipped to Iraq. Young love is not even given a chance because of war.

The style of the movie is very realistic, great dialogue and acting. It is very well directed. My personal favorite character is Matt O'Leary as Jake, whose performance is outstanding. April Grace portrays the mother of a soldier incredibly well.

In short, I think this movie is excellent - and as citizens of the world, it sheds important insights onto the current political situation. Not necessarily political or macro insights, although those are there to be interpreted, but certainly a personal view of war - and how it affects individual families.

It gives me more conviction that we should stop sending our wonderful young men over there to die!

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