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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.


Doug Liman


Gary Spinelli
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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


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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Based on a True Lie See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Barry Seal looked nothing like Tom Cruise. He was a big heavy-set guy nicknamed "El Gordo" by members of the Medellin Cartel, which translates to "the fat one". See more »


On the boxes with weapons is written in Cyrillic "Kalasnikov". Correct writing is "Kalashnikov". See more »


[holding a duffel bag]
Lucy Seal: Roscoe dug this up in the backyard. There are bills blowing around everywhere.
Barry Seal: I'll rake it up in the morning.
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Crazy Credits

Sarah Wright is credited as Sarah Wright Olsen in the main credits, but as Sarah Wright in the cast list during the credit scroll. See more »


References Scarface (1983) See more »


LA Loves You
Written by Barry Kirsch and Charlie Spencer
Performed by Glassband
Courtesy of State Records
By arrangement with Mutiny Recordings
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Top class entertainment
15 December 2019 | by dierregiSee all my reviews

The plot is loosely based on the real story of Barry Seal, a TWA pilot who worked for the CIA and also as a drug and weapons smuggler.

Cruise is in top form as Barry, the reckless pilot who abandons the safe but boring job of airline pilot to embark on a little spying. The aerial photographing of Central America soon turns into more dangerous assignments, reaching the point of no return when Barry starts working for the Medellin cartel.

Weapons smuggling is added into the mix, together with training Nicaraguan Contras. It's a major political mess, during which Barry manages to earn huge amounts of cash, for which he must find creative hiding places (think Breaking Bad, but funnier).

The film is brilliantly edited, with an authentic feeling for the period (it takes place between the end of the 70s and 1986). The main narrative is interspersed with Barry recording events chronologically and his effort will make sense at the end.

Even if the story is not about funny events, the ride is most agreeable.

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Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,776,390, 1 October 2017

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1.85 : 1
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