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


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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:

€87,165 (Finland) (10 September 2017)

Gross:

$268,012,164 (USA) (25 September 2017)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When being taken for a tour around Colombia in a brightly colored helicopter, the door is open and through the window of the door can be seen the start of a website address on the side of the helicopter. All that can be seen is 'www.' with the door covering the rest of the address. The World Wide Web was not around in 1980. See more »

Quotes

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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References The Infiltrator (2016) See more »

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Blue Bayou
Written by Joe Melson and Roy Orbison
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
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Awesome! Tom Cruise's best movie yet
24 August 2017 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Lured by adventure and bucket loads of cash, a gutsy TWA pilot takes on flight operations for both the CIA and a Columbian drug cartel.

In this pacey action film, Tom Cruise pulls off the ultimate feat of an A List actor- he disappears in the role of Barry Seale, ace pilot, lover of risk, dedicated husband and father, and player of games with some pretty shady people. It's a fun role, but deadly serious, and Cruise gets the tone just right.

The director Doug Liman weaves his magic to recreate the effect of being there- in the naive eighties, in the middle of all the fun of flying and unexpected opportunity, with the cautionary tale of Barry Seal a window into the world of corruption we only only saw glimpses of at the time. My only complaint was that third act dragged a little, but it's a real life story, so what can you do.

Full credit to the excellent Domnhall Gleeson as the CIA spy who lures Barry into the web, he's one to watch in the future.

And kudos to Cruise who apparently did his own stunts. So go see it! Take some popcorn & put some bums on seats!


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