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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Barry Seal
... Monty 'Schafer'
... Lucy Seal
... Sheriff Downing
... JB
... Judy Downing
... Dana Sibota
... Jorge Ochoa
... James Rangel
... Agent Craig McCall
... Louis Finkle
Fredy Yate ... Carlos Lehder (as Fredy Yate Escobar)
Mauricio Mejía ... Pablo Escobar
... Oliver North
... 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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Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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29 September 2017 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$51,342,000, 14 December 2017
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Second film between Universal Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, after Rush (2013). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes the co-pilot has three shoulder stripes. When he goes to sleep he has his hat on and three shoulder stripes then four shoulder stripes and no hat while sleeping. After a while, the co-pilot is back to his original three shoulder stripes. See more »

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Barry Seal: Schafer?
Monty 'Schafer': Who is "Schafer"?
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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 »

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Loud N' Restless
Written by Dennis Livingston
Performed by Loosely Tightly (as Loosely Tight)
Courtesy of Fervor Records
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Entertaining as an Action Movie
26 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

In 1978, the skilled and ambitious TWA pilot Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) smuggles Cuban cigars to increase his income. Out of the blue, he is contacted by the CIA agent Monty Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson), who asks him to work for the CIA photographing facilities over Central America using a state-of-art small plane. Soon Barry contacts General Noriega as a courier for the CIA and is contacted by the Medellin Cartel that wants him to transport drugs to the USA. Then Schafer asks Barry to carry weapons for the Contras in Nicaragua. Barry invites pilots that are his friends and plots routes to smuggle drugs for the cartel. The CIA closes eyes to the scheme and Barry becomes richer and richer. He uses the Arkansas town Mena to laundry his money. But the DEA and the FBI are tracking him down. When the CIA shuts down the scheme, Barry is left alone and arrested by the agencies. What will happen to his family and him?

"American Made" is an American action movie based on a true story and told like a comedy despite the seriousness of the situation, with the American government interfering this time with the Central America nations. The plot is engaging and entertaining and the despicable Barry Seal is depicted as a family man by Tom Cruise that has good performance. The background of corruption, political interference, trafficking of weapons and drugs are treated like something usual by the story that can not be taken seriously. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Feito na América" ("American Made")


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