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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 ... 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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The CIA. The White House. Pablo Escobar. One Man Played Them All. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

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 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

Despite the presence of cocaine in the film, none of the characters are seen consuming it. See more »

Goofs

The DA tells Barry they are going to put him in a "4 foot by 6 foot cell for the rest of his life." The smallest cells in state and federal prison are 8 feet by 10 feet. See more »

Quotes

Barry Seal: I'm the gringo who always delivers.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in In the Wings (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Feels like watching a movie length montage
14 October 2017 | by Sawyer-4815162342See all my reviews

I had virtually no expectations for this movie other than a trailer I had seen.

Turns out the entire movie is like a trailer. The whole movie was a series of jump-cuts from scene to scene. There were a ton of montages of Cruise flying, smuggling, etc. It felt like the movie tried to hard to not get bogged down in details, but as a result I found the movie hard to connect with. It didn't help that Cruise's character doesn't have much of a persona. He likes to fly and has questionable morals (such as being willing to smuggle drugs) but there is not much there beyond that.

I think they wanted to show that he loved his family but he made so many questionable decisions that put them at risk that it was hard to like his character. Plus some people have described this as a comedy but it totally lacked any laugh out loud moments or even internal chuckles.

I feel like this story could have been better told with more of a cohesive story line, rather than having Cruise montage his way through it all. It felt like a 2 hour trailer to me.

I gave 5 stars because the movie is somewhat entertaining, but I feel like it fell short of it's potential and I wouldn't watch it a 2nd time.


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