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American Heart (1992)

R | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 7 May 1993 (USA)
An ex-convict is tracked down by his estranged teenage son, and the pair try to build a relationship and life together in Seattle.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Boylan ... Janitor
... Jack Kelson
... Nick Kelson
Greg Sevigny ... Young Jack
... Monique
Willie Williams ... The Gospel Fireballs
Roosevelt Franklin ... The Gospel Fireballs
... Normandy
... Rainey
... Landlady
Wren Walker ... Lisa
... School Administrator
... Charlotte
Charlotte London ... Flo
... Vernon the Bartender
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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 <mslaserm@trick.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

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Jack's only hope was a dream... Nick's only hope was Jack. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexual situations | See all certifications »

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7 May 1993 (USA)  »

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American Heart - Die zweite Chance  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,549, 9 May 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$384,048
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The apartment building Jack Kelson and his son lived in was presented as Queen Anne Hill in the movie. In actuality, the movie was filmed in an apartment building on Capitol Hill in Seattle, on the 1700 block of Summit Avenue North See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jack Kelson: What ya got there Nick?
Nick Kelson: Nothin'.
[Finds a pair of women's pumps in Nick's suitcase]
Nick Kelson: Gimme those, they're mine.
Jack Kelson: What the hell? You a fruiter?
Nick Kelson: No, they're not mine, they're for somebody else.
Jack Kelson: Where'd you get the money for these? You steal em?
Nick Kelson: No, I didn't...
Jack Kelson: Yeah, you did too, for her right? Huh?
[Jack lifts the women's pumps and Marijuana drops out of them]
[...]
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Version of Streetwise (1984) See more »

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Fast Blues
Composed and Performed by Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro, David Paich, Lonny Castro and Marc Bonilla
Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro and David Paich perform courtesy of Sony Records
Mark Bonilla perform Courtesy of Reprise Records
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Good performances; intelligent story.
25 November 1998 | by 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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