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American Reel (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 24 November 2010 (USA)
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The story of an overnight success - twenty years in the making...


Mark Archer





Credited cast:
David Carradine ... James Lee Springer
Michael Maloney ... Jason Fields
Mariel Hemingway ... Disney Rifkin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marina Anderson ... Commercial Director
Maite Arnedo Maite Arnedo ... Female Record Executive #2
Larissa Borkowski Larissa Borkowski ... Natasha
Frank Casagrande Frank Casagrande ... Pony-Tailed Record Exec.
Natalie Christian Natalie Christian
Troy Clark Troy Clark ... James' Cousin
Jason Dixie Jason Dixie ... Film Producer #1
Tahirah Essix Tahirah Essix ... Film Producer #2
Kevin Ferguson Kevin Ferguson ... Tony Marty
Darrell Griffin Darrell Griffin ... Delivery man
Daryl Hunter Daryl Hunter ... Student (voice)
Mike Leonardo Mike Leonardo ... Music Video Director


The story of an overnight success - twenty years in the making...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Music


Not Rated

Did You Know?


"American Reel" was also screened on September 7, 2012, in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, as part of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks' "Under the Sheet Music" outdoor film series. See more »


Tony Marty: Hicksville. Kinda sounds like the end o' the world.
James Lee Springer: No... but you could see it from there.
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If you're a David Carradine fan, this is a must see!!!
6 December 2003 | by blahblahblah141See all my reviews

From what I understand this film was made in the nineties and just recently released. I bought it the other day as I had just seen Kill Bill and was in the mood for more David Carradine. Needless to say this film did not disappoint!

Direction and writing are competent. This makes me wonder why this film was never released before this; possibly some Hollywood politics being played, or maybe it just sat on the shelf, but, who cares. It's out now, and I for one am grateful.

David played a great country western star on the verge of an "overnight success" and Mariel Hemingway, who I always love to watch, plays a girl brought in by "James Lee Springer's" manager to keep him in line. James' story on the road to success is a long one and asks the question "If success comes so late, is it worth it?" I'll leave it to you to find out as you have to see this film!

I had to give it an 9 out of a possible 10 for it's genre.

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