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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.

Director:

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 | Colombia

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:

$272,892 (Colombia), 24 September 2017, Limited Release

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

Caleb Landry Jones and Jed Rees have starred in the "X-Men" films, Caleb Landry Jones in X-Men: First Class and Jed Rees in Deadpool See more »

Goofs

To set the scene for early 1978, the opening montage includes shots of Iranian ayatollahs and a videocassette player, and plays music from 1976. The Iranian revolution didn't take place until 1979; well over 90% of Americans in 1978 had never seen or heard of VCRs, which were still far too expensive for home use; and because popular music had taken such a drastic turn in late 1977, "Let Your Love Go" by the Bellamy Brothers was, despite being only two years old, too old-fashioned for 1978, belonging instead to the "Country Crossover" tastes of 1974-76. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Featured in In the Wings (2017) See more »

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Renegade
Written by Dennis Livingston
Performed by Loosely Tightly (as Loosely Tight)
Courtesy of Fervor Records
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An enjoyable if somewhat lengthy movie
23 August 2017 | by terrynz-16078See all my reviews

I was lucky to get an advanced screening. First off, at least it kept my attention the whole way through. I had previously seen Cruise in the "Mummy" movie recently released and was not impressed with his acting there.

In this movie he returned to form and therefore the story-line was far more plausible. I say story-line, but in reality it is one of those docu-drama's, being based on fact. I wonder how much was dramatization as there were some parts where you would ask "did this sh*t really happen?!"

Would I be inclined to add it to my DVD collection, no. It was good as a one time showing. I suspect the length of it worked somewhat against it. A long movie needs to build up to a crescendo, and whilst this had lots of action it never seemed to hit that top note.


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