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American Son -- Take an intimate look into the heart and mind of an American soldier in the riveting urban drama that captivated audiences at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. What would you do if you had just four days to say goodbye to everyone who was important to you? Nineteen-year-old Mike Holland has 96 hours to make peace with his friends and family on the eve of his deployment to Iraq.
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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. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Nick Cannon ... Mike

Matt Sigloch ... Company Commander (voice)

Dotan Baer ... Marine #1
Justin Diedolf ... Marine #2
Renzo Fidani ... Marine #3

Wade Harlan ... Marine #4
Robert T. Parker ... Marine #5
Dominique Valdez ... Go USA! Guy

Melonie Diaz ... Cristina
Danielle Barbosa ... Cristina's Mother
Gaby Medina ... Christina's Sister
Anthony Medina ... Christina'a Brother

Matt O'Leary ... Jake
Erica Gluck ... Tricia

Tom Sizemore ... Dale

April Grace ... Donna
Bryan Marsh ... Redneck

Sean Marquette ... Darcy

Ray Santiago ... Miguelito

Percy Daggs III ... Shawn

Michael Welch ... Goldie
Samuel McFadden ... Samuel
Nancy Kliuftis ... Courtney

Diana Terranova ... Tammy
Eurydice Davis ... Amber
Katie Ulloa ... Christina's Boss

Chi McBride ... Eddie

Jolene Hjerleid ... Dawn

Herman Wilkins ... Aaron
Toni Quintero ... Maria (as Tonie Quintero)

Sal Lopez ... Cristina's Father
Rosie Grandiallas ... Señora Morales

Jay Hernandez ... Junior Morales
Dennis D'Antin ... Alex
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos Caliz ... Gang Banger (uncredited)

Erick Florez ... Gang Banger (uncredited)
Jumper Lark ... Kyle (uncredited)

Alex Perez ... Marine - Private (uncredited)

Jose Perez ... Marine (uncredited)

Directed by
Neil Abramson 
Writing credits
Eric Schmid (screenplay)

Neil Abramson (story) and
Eric Schmid (story)

Produced by
Chris Frisina .... executive producer
Keeley Gould .... co-producer
Keeley Gould .... line producer
Alex Kohner .... executive producer
Danielle Renfrew .... producer
Michael Roiff .... producer
Original Music by
Tim Boland 
Sam Retzer 
Cinematography by
Kris Kachikis (director of photography) (as Kristian Kachikis)
Film Editing by
Karen Schmeer 
Casting by
Venus Kanani 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Paula Good 
Art Direction by
Chris Gioia 
Costume Design by
Christie Wittenborn 
Makeup Department
Jeni Chua .... hair stylist
Jeni Chua .... makeup artist
Sara C. Hernandez .... key hair stylist
Sara C. Hernandez .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Luca Borghese .... post-production supervisor
Yari Schutzer .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Hagney .... first assistant director
Andrew Shepherd .... second assistant director
Lance W. Lanfear .... second assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Art Department
James Ambers .... props assistant
Christian Goss .... props assistant
Martin Carrasco Leon .... props assistant
Sound Department
Steven Avila .... sound effects editor
Trip Brock .... supervising sound editor
Adam De Coster .... foley artist
Rob Embrey .... studio manager
Ginger Geary .... foley artist
Peter D. Lago .... sound effects editor (as Peter Lago)
Doug Latislaw .... adr mixer
Patricio A. Libenson .... dialogue editor (as Patricio Libenson)
Sean Madsen .... sound engineer
Maggie Malyn .... post sound coordinator
Greg Mauer .... foley mixer
Paige Pollack .... foley artist
Henry Rivera .... boom operator
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mark Rozett)
Melissa Strater .... post sound coordinator
Kyle Tilbury .... sound engineer
April Tucker .... adr engineer
Steven Utt .... foley editor (as Steve Utt)
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Verkamp .... sound mixer
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer
Skip Williams .... dialogue editor (as Billy Skip Williams)
Brian S.M. Wroth .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Rene Diamante .... pyrotechnician
Boyd Lacosse .... pyrotechnician
Visual Effects by
Jason W. Alexander .... compositor: Handmade Digital
Todd Groves .... lead compositor: Handmade Digital
Lee Roderick .... visual effects supervisor: Handmade Digital
Howard Stein .... iq artist: Modern VideoFilm
Jennifer Vecchiarello .... visual effects producer: Handmade Digital
Jeannie Epper .... stunt coordinator
Kurtis Epper .... stunt rigger
Brian Simpson .... stunt rigger
Ryan Happy .... stunt double (uncredited)
Joseph E. Jones .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Yash Bhatt .... grip
Lila Byall .... first assistant camera
Mike Gratzmiller .... loader
Shaun Hosseini .... electrician
Greg Marquez .... electrician
Brady McElroy .... key grip
Steven R. Morales .... best boy electric (as Steve Morales)
Alex Skvorzov .... gaffer
Kirk F. Smith II .... second assistant camera (as Kirk Smith)
Nick Sogard .... best boy grip
John Spellman .... additional second assistant camera
Adam L. Taylor .... still photographer (as Adsam Taylor)
Bryan Sprow .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chad Ritterbach .... additional casting
Julie Swistak .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kelli Hughes .... costumer
Gillian Zwick .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Toni Allen .... negative cutter
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer
Richard Codding .... assistant editor
Joe Finley .... digital intermediate colorist: Modern VideoFilm
Vivian Hengsteler .... negative cutter
Jonny McPheeters .... colorist: dailies
Rana Musharbash .... digital intermediate post supervisor: Modern VideoFilm
Christine Park .... assistant editor
Naomi Spiro .... assistant editor
Music Department
Gerry Cueller .... music supervisor
Greg Danylyshyn .... music supervisor
Jon Mooney .... music editor
Transportation Department
Joseph E. Jones .... driver (as Joe Jones)
Dave Velona .... driver
Jeremy Feinberg .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Stephen Amstutz .... location scout
Kenny Brant .... location manager
Darci Dunnagan .... production coordinator
Michael J. Escobar .... production accountant (as Michael Escobar)
Lee Ettinger .... sales and distribution head
Guy Flint .... studio teacher
Lindsay Hagans .... script supervisor
Matt Hernandez .... production assistant
Todd Warren Howard .... script supervisor (as Todd Howard)
Ted Johnston .... production assistant
Stanley Longstreet .... location scout
John Clint Mabry .... body double: Junior
Nick Plantico .... weapons handler
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production legal
Pat Repola .... vice president: feature post, Modern VideoFilm
Stephen Ross .... key set production assistant
Gabe Scarpelli .... production assistant
Marci Scott .... location assistant
Matt Sigloch .... technical advisor: military
Mike Tristano .... weapons handler
Alisia Vega .... production assistant
Melissa Vickers .... production assistant
Reuben Cannon .... production assistant (uncredited)
Vester Day .... caterer (uncredited)
Alex Farrington .... set medic (uncredited)
Chris Fernandez .... intern (uncredited)
Torrence Hall .... armorer (uncredited)

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Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and drug use
USA:90 min (Sundance Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Australia:M | New Zealand:R16 | Singapore:M18 | USA:R (certificate #45363)

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17 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
provocative film, very moving and subtle. made me reflect about war..., 12 January 2008
Author: miahoffmanmusic from United States

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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