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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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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 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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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

Second film between Universal Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, after Rush (2013). See more »

Goofs

When they are training the Contras in Arkansas, a few of the American military personnel there are wearing what's commonly known as "Chocolate Chip" camouflage, which the U.S. military adopted sometime in the early 90's, during the time of the 1st Gulf War, in Kuwait. That pattern of camo definitely did not exist within the time frame depicted in the movie, as the standard at that time would have been the "Woodland" camo pattern, designed for ground use in Europe, during the Cold War. 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

At the very end of the credits, tucked among the copyright disclaimers is the sentence, "And yes, we know that's not El Salvador." This is a reference to a joke in the film about mistaking El Salvador for Nicaragua on the map. In fact, the country on the map was neither El Salvador nor Nicaragua, it was Honduras. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Hooked On Classics (Parts 1 and 2)
Written by Louis Clark
Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Louis Clark
Courtesy of K-Tel Music Inc.
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29 September 2017 | by jonathan-972-150139See all my reviews

Fun movie, if not for the fact that the truth was changed to protect the guilty.

In real life, Barry Seal was fired from TWA in '72 when he was charged for smuggling plastic explosives across Mexico. He flew tons of coke into the States for multiple drug kingpins, including Escobar. When he was busted, he started working for the DEA as an informant. He was overweight, poisoned his fellow Americans with drugs; and didn't care about his family enough to enter WITSEC.

From a historical perspective, it should be taken with a grain of salt that a guy like Seal, given his position, can be placed in a situation where everything is cool, time after time after time after time again.


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