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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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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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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€87,165 (Finland) (10 September 2017)

Gross:

$51,111,000 (USA) (22 November 2017)
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First time since 1999 Tom Cruise has had 2 leading roles in one year Eyes Wide Shut (1999) & Magnolia (1999). See more »

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The propeller-driven Customs plane that intercepts Barry and convinces him to land in the suburban neighborhood in the early 1980s has "US Customs & Border Protection" on the side. At that time in American history it should've said "US Customs Service," as Customs & Border Protection was created in 2003. See more »

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

Among the last lines of the credits, the sentence "Yes, we know it's not El Salvador" is shown which is a reference to joke about confusing El Salvador with Nicaragua earlier in the movie. See more »


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Ultra Blue
Written by Marvin Maxwell, Frank Bugbee and Wayne Young
Performed by Soul, Inc.
Courtesy of Gear Fab Records
By arrangement with Now-Again Records
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American Mess
6 October 2017 | by (Old London, New England) – See all my reviews

It's foolish to expect anything close to the truth from 'based-on-true-story' projects, but it's not unreasonable to hope for content and coherence. 'American Made' plays like a movie trailer throughout its two-hour length, randomly tossing together the standard ingredients of 1980s cocaine smuggling sagas like 'Blow'. The story boils down to a procession of mustachioed Colombian cartel bosses, DEA agents and drug-courier aviators parading across the screen as they haul cocaine, firearms and bags of cash around jungle landing strips, hotel lobbies and small town banks in the ugly fashions of the day.

Tom Cruise portrays pilot protagonist Barry Seal as an easygoing coke-smuggling, gun-running, Caddy-driving adventurer. His wisecracking charm and aerial dare-devilry are supposed to hold the film together, but both charisma and exploits seem stale. After the CIA persuade Seal to aid their criminal anti-communist follies in Central America, this sophomoric operator fends off the various suspicions and demands of his dumb blonde wife, crooked associates and two-faced CIA handlers. The script never bothers to develop any of these stock characters as the story unfolds with the depth of a music video. At the conclusion, there's little reason to believe a word of it, or care what happens to any of the participants.


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