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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Mike
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Company Commander (voice)
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Marine #1
Justin Diedolf ...
Marine #2
Renzo Fidani ...
Marine #3
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Marine #4
Robert T. Parker ...
Marine #5
Dominique Valdez ...
Go USA! Guy
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Cristina
Danielle Barbosa ...
Cristina's Mother
Gaby Medina ...
Christina's Sister
Anthony Medina ...
Christina'a Brother
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Jake
Erica Gluck ...
Tricia
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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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Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »
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American Son: One of the Best Films I Have Ever Seen
11 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the first credits to the final scene of American Son is a complete masterpiece. Neil Abramson co-wrote and directed this story of a 19 year old Marine named Mike, who on a four day Thanksgiving leave, must let his family and friends in Bakersfield know that after that leave, he will be deployed to Iraq and on his way home from training camp, meets a young woman he ultimately falls in love with and ultimately must decide between his home life and his soldier side. Nick Cannon gives what I think would be the performance of a lifetime as this young soldier, he must tell his mother, his step father, played brilliantly by Tom Sizemore, his long time best friend, and his newly found love. THis film is one of the best depictions of a soldier going off into combat and the inner turmoil he faces with his choice to leave what he considers home. This film is understated and I believe deserves to be seen by everyone at least once in their lifetime.


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