Following a mysterious suicide at Niagara Falls, a low-rent detective unravels a conspiracy to build a revolutionary invention by enigmatic scientist, Nikola Tesla.


Jenna Ricker





Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Stuhr ... Charlie Paczynski
Don Stuhr Don Stuhr ... Mickey
Kelsey Siepser ... Kat
Grant Shaud ... The Professor
Tracey B. Wilson ... Cocktail Waitress
Brian Mysliwy Brian Mysliwy ... Tattooed Man
Daniela Galli ... Tami
Harris Yulin ... Tom Soberin
Todd Benzin Todd Benzin ... Doorman
Alicja Bachleda ... Nikki Meeker
Robert Vaughn ... Silver-Haired Man
Camilla Belle ... Emily Chase
Janeane Garofalo ... Agent Barry
Norm Sham Norm Sham ... Maguire
Vincent O'Neill Vincent O'Neill ... Officious Man


Following a mysterious suicide at Niagara Falls, a low-rent detective unravels a conspiracy to build a revolutionary invention by enigmatic scientist, Nikola Tesla. Written by Knockout Redhead

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There are three sides to every story... the truth, the lie, and the American side.


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Filmed with the support of the New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture & Television Development. See more »


Charlie Paczynski: You had me at "death ray."
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Written by Aleksander Terris
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Great potential, wasted because of too much ambition

God, what this film could have been. Solid actors, good and sometimes great cinematography, extraordinary locations and a plot around Nikola Tesla's secret inventions. And it is even decently produced. But man, why why why did nobody realize the script was not at that same level at all??? Why did nobody stop the film's development until it was??? I don't know the director but the old rule of cinema says that it is almost impossible to make a good film out of a bad script. "The American Side" is a textbook example to that rule. There are plot holes everywhere, the characters are all overdeveloped on some narrow aspects that make them "authentic" in the moments - mostly the scenes that introduce them - but not enough to render them credible. The male protagonist's motivations shift continuously and although we learn about many of his habits, at the end we have no clue who he really is and what makes him tick. The worst is that plot- and story-logic are both awfully flawed in so many places that to call this film a "thriller" would be an insult to the genre. Again, I am not saying this to be mean, but because it made me sad to see so much potential go wasted so badly.

A film about Nicola Tesla's secret inventions would have deserved a better story, a better writer, and probably a better producer (not sure about the director, see above).

There is not much more to say about this. No, this is not an indie, this is unfortunately not a film. And that is REALLY a pity. Really.

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14 April 2016 (Kuwait) See more »

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Buffalo, New York, USA See more »

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