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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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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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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€87,165 (Finland) (10 September 2017)

Gross:

$268,012,164 (USA) (25 September 2017)
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This is the first R-rated film Doug Liman has directed since the 1999 film "Go". See more »

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There are several scenes where Cadillacs are used by Barry. In one particular scene he shows a new 1980's Seville to his wife and he opens the trunk and she shuts it immediately and he reopens it and she slams it down again. This year model has a "soft close" trunk and slamming it shut is not possible, it gets to a few inches of closing and the machinery slowly seals the trunk. See more »

Quotes

Barry Seal: Guys. It ain't about room, alright? It's about weight.
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Crazy Credits

The 2013 Universal Studios logo rewinds into the older 1971-1990 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 miniature train with the company name written on it with the normal logo displayed in a retro 1970s style. See more »

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References Doublecrossed (1991) 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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Hollywood finally gets it right
12 September 2017 | by (Fremantle, Australia) – See all my reviews

When Hollywood gets it right and stops making movies for children they can actually make a beauty like this one. My wife and I just returned from such an accomplished film some minutes ago: American Made.

We have seen Tom Cruise in a number of his previous films (not necessarily by choice) and both of us kind of cringed at his screen presence. He delivered his lines well enough, but we did not see him as a genuine character; he seemed always to be playing his roles rather than living them. The exception was the movie we attended this afternoon; Cruise "stepped into the role", he became Barry Seal and us, the audience lived his demise with him from airline pilot to cocaine courier to arms smuggler for the American government.

This movie could not have been made while Ron Reagan was alive and the other principles like Ollie North sat in positions of decision-making power close to the Oval Office. This movie was about Barry Seal, Drug Smuggler and tangentially about the evil and stupidity that lurked in the minds of people that ran the American government and caused the deaths of many thousands of people in Central America.

This is a brave and thoughtful film that all lovers of America should see; besides its political strength see it because of it is a high film making aptitude.


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