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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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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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Trivia

Ron Howard was considered to direct but lost to Doug Liman. See more »

Goofs

When Lucy's brother is taking the suitcase out of the back of his car, the rear windscreen is wet with raindrops. The scene has a brief cut-away and then returns to the car where the rear windscreen is now completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Seal: [JB shows up with a teenage girl] What in the holy fuck? That girl's only 15.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in In the Wings (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

One Way Out
Written by Elmore James, Marshall Sehorn and Sonny Boy Williamson (as Willie Williamson)
Performed by The Allman Brothers Band
Courtesy of Island Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Cruise and Liman make a great pair again
3 September 2017 | by See 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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