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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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29 September 2017 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,776,390, 1 October 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,342,000, 14 December 2017
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Trivia

The man Barry spoke to in the hallway of the White House is portraying George W. Bush, who is the son of then Vice President George H. W. Bush. He mentions he flew with the Air National Guard from 1968-74. See more »

Goofs

The whole time that Barry Seal lived in Arkansas pay phones cost a dime, not a quarter as he is shown using and had numerous ones stacked on top of phones. In fact, Arkansas was one of the last states to go to 25 cents, keeping the 10 cent rate well into the 1990s. However, since he was making long-distance calls, they would certainly cost more than the 10 cents needed for a local call. See more »

Quotes

Barry Seal: Either I fly the big fella or I fly your product.
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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 a joke 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, hence the line in the credits. See more »

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References Doublecrossed (1991) See more »

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Call Me Free
Written by Gerald Hugh Ramsey
Performed by Jay Ramsey
Courtesy of Fervor Records
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Cruise and Liman make a great pair again
3 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Always reliable if not exactly visionary, director Doug Liman has another entertaining outing with Tom Cruise, reinventing his charm, swagger and grin as tools for finding easy cash and marital respect when honest work doesn't exactly get one far enough.

Cruise plays a totally reprehensible and despicable character and yet manages to keep everyone invested in the ride that accelerates with every misstep on the way, fully captivating the audience to wait for the extent of the looming train wreck. Cruise is entirely game here, not once trying to make audience feel sorry for his character or thinking that maybe he had a heart of gold, after all.

Worth pointing out is also a stellar turn from a less prolific Domhnall Gleeson whose ambitious CIA operator is equally blind, naive and brilliant, and Gleeson makes his oily presence wonderfully effective.


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