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American Made (2017)

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The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.

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Doug Liman

Writer:

Gary Spinelli
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Barry Seal
Domhnall Gleeson ... Monty 'Schafer'
Sarah Wright ... Lucy Seal
Jesse Plemons ... Sheriff Downing
Caleb Landry Jones ... JB
Lola Kirke ... Judy Downing
Jayma Mays ... Dana Sibota
Alejandro Edda ... Jorge Ochoa
Benito Martinez ... James Rangel
E. Roger Mitchell ... Agent Craig McCall
Jed Rees ... Louis Finkle
Fredy Yate Fredy Yate ... Carlos Lehder (as Fredy Yate Escobar)
Mauricio Mejía Mauricio Mejía ... Pablo Escobar
Robert Farrior ... Oliver North
Morgan Hinkleman ... Christina
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Storyline

Barry Seal was just an ordinary pilot who worked for TWA before he was recruited by the CIA in 1978. His work in South America eventually caught the eye of the Medellín Cartel, associated with Pablo Escobar, who needed a man with his skill set. Barry became a drug trafficker, gun smuggler and money launderer. Soon acquiring the title, 'The gringo that always delivers'. Written by Viir khubchandani

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It's not a felony if you're doing it for the good guys See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan | Colombia

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mena See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$272,892 (Colombia), 24 September 2017, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,776,390, 1 October 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,342,000, 14 December 2017
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dennis Hopper also played Barry Seal in an HBO film from the early 90's called Doublecrossed. See more »

Goofs

In a scene when Barry Seal left the cockpit and walk out of the airplane, the cockpit shown is a Boeing 737 classic cockpit. However when Seal walk out of the airplane, it is shown that the plane is a Airbus A320 with TWA livery. TWA never operated Airbus A320 and Airbus A320 has not yet fly in 1970's. Airbus A320 made it first flight on 1987, eight years before the event of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Barry Seal: [Barry records his last confession on video tape before his assassination] You know I guess you could say I helped build an army, defend a country and create the biggest drug cartel this world has ever seen. DEA, CIA, White House. I mean, it's been a hell of an adventure. Yes sometimes a little more than I bargained for. But goddamn, you try telling me that this ain't the greatest country in the world?
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Crazy Credits

The end of the credits has a dedication "For Arthur". This is to Arthur Liman, the father of the director, Doug Liman. See more »

Connections

Featured in American Made: Cruise and Liman - A Conversation (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Be in the Running
Written by Sylvain Ott (as Sylvain Michel Ott)
Performed by Studio Musicians
Courtesy of APM Music
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TomCruise at his best
3 September 2017 | by antoniotiernoSee all my reviews

A great story perfectly representing those years and with a stunning performance by Tom Cruise. I would say one of the best movie ever, in this genre, which is midway between a CIA based film and a biopic one. Barry's narration, delivered direct to camera, takes the form of a series of clips from a fuzzy home video supposedly shot in the mid-1980s, laying out the historical background in a dense fashion (he pretends at one point to confuse two countries) which seems most directly indebted to Adam McKay's The Big Short. The biggest coup is the casting of Cruise, who functions as a pure icon, recycling all his usual mannerisms – the grin, the hand gestures – and even revisiting his past as a pilot in Top Gun. The catch is that his depthless showboating for once seems intended as anything but likable.


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