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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.

Director:

Martin Bell

Writers:

Peter Silverman (story), Martin Bell (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Boylan John Boylan ... Janitor
Jeff Bridges ... Jack Kelson
Edward Furlong ... Nick Kelson
Greg Sevigny Greg Sevigny ... Young Jack
Jayne Entwistle ... Monique
Willie Williams Willie Williams ... The Gospel Fireballs
Roosevelt Franklin Roosevelt Franklin ... The Gospel Fireballs
Melvyn Hayward ... Normandy
Don Harvey ... Rainey
Kit McDonough ... Landlady
Wren Walker Wren Walker ... Lisa
Cristine McMurdo-Wallis ... School Administrator
Lucinda Jenney ... Charlotte
Charlotte London Charlotte London ... Flo
Loyd Catlett ... Vernon the Bartender
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Storyline

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 Kelson is going straight. And his son's breaking the law to help him. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The character of Lisa was based on real life Seattle street kid Tiny (Erin Blackwell). She was featured in the documentary Streetwise. The part where Lisa approaches a john in a red car, then directs a fellow street kid to get in, was based on a john caught on camera picking up Tiny, where she immediately put her head down in his lap. 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

Nick Kelson: My crib's upstairs.
Molly: You sleep in a crib?
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Soundtracks

Backstabbers
Composed by John Lee Hooker, Al Smith
Performed by John Lee Hooker
Courtesy of Charisma-Pointblank Records
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Underrated Bridges as usual; brilliant as usual
21 February 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

AMERICAN HEART (1993) **** Jeff Bridges, Edward Furlong, Don Harvey, Tracey Kapisky. Bleak yet truthful look at a father/son relationship in a world of despair. Bridges gives a modulatedly depicted performance as an ex-con fresh from jail and confronted with his teenage son, who is also on the path of hard knocks. Great rapport between Bridges and Furlong as well as a hopeless demise that maintains despite its moments of carefree aimlessness. Bridges co-produced as well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,549, 9 May 1993

Gross USA:

$384,048

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$384,048
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Black and White (some footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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