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
Tom Cruise is a qualified pilot. He did all of his own flying scenes during filming. See more »
At the beginning of the movie, when Barry is taxiing his TWA jet and is reported to be "number 13 for take off," one see a number of jets, some of them appearing to be in the modern Southwest livery. Also, the jets appear to be a modern type of Boeing 737 which did not exist in the 80s (recognizable by the oval shape of the engines as seen from the front of the airplane and by the winglets). See more »
[JB shows up with a teenage girl]
What in the holy fuck? That girl's only 15.
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The 2013 Universal Studios logo rewinds into the older 1963-1990 logo and the 1996 Imagine Entertainment logo rewinds into the 1988-1996 logo at the beginning. Since Cross Creek Pictures was founded in 2009, their logo rewinds into a different train with the company name written on it and a grain effect with the normal logo displayed in a retro 1970s style. See more »
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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