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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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Trivia

Mauricio Mejía, the Colombian actor who portrays 'Pablo Escobar' in this film, also played the Escobar in his beginnings, on the first episode of the Mega-Production of Caracol Televisión and Telemundo Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012). See more »

Goofs

The Coast Guard planes are Beechcraft King Air C90 GTx aircraft. Hawker Beechcraft company (now Textron) introduced the GTx version with winglets and Rockwell Collins ProLine 21 glass cockpit in 2010. 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

At the very end of the credits, tucked among the copyright disclaimers is the sentence, "And yes, we know that's not El Salvador." This is a reference to a joke in the film about mistaking El Salvador for Nicaragua on the map. In fact, the country on the map was neither El Salvador nor Nicaragua, it was Honduras. See more »

Connections

Featured in In the Wings (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Behind Closed Doors
Written by Kenny O'Dell
Performed by Charlie Rich
Courtesy of Columbia Nashville
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Cruise and Liman make a great pair again
3 September 2017 | by scandinavianmailSee all my reviews

Always reliable if not exactly visionary, director Doug Liman has another entertaining outing with Tom Cruise, reinventing his charm, swagger and grin as tools for finding easy cash and marital respect when honest work doesn't exactly get one far enough.

Cruise plays a totally reprehensible and despicable character and yet manages to keep everyone invested in the ride that accelerates with every misstep on the way, fully captivating the audience to wait for the extent of the looming train wreck. Cruise is entirely game here, not once trying to make audience feel sorry for his character or thinking that maybe he had a heart of gold, after all.

Worth pointing out is also a stellar turn from a less prolific Domhnall Gleeson whose ambitious CIA operator is equally blind, naive and brilliant, and Gleeson makes his oily presence wonderfully effective.


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