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American Made

American Made

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.
Stars: Doug Liman
Language: EnglishSpanish
Year: 2017
Time: 115 min
IMDb: 7.2/10

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’.
Plot Keywords: based-on-real-person / airplane / airplane-pilot / year-1978 / twa
Taglines: The sky is never the limit.
Certificate: Argentina:13 (with warning) | Australia:MA15+ | Austria:14 | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:G (Québec) | Chile:14 | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-12 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:16 | Indonesia:21+ | Ireland:15A | Italy:VM14 | Japan:G | Lithuania:N-13 | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:9 | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Russia:18+ | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Spain:16 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 | Taiwan:R-15 | Thailand:15 | Turkey:13+ | United Kingdom:15 | United States:R
Cast: Tom Cruise , Domhnall Gleeson , Sarah Wright , Jesse Plemons , Caleb Landry Jones , Lola Kirke , Jayma Mays , Alejandro Edda , Benito Martinez , E. Roger Mitchell , Jed Rees , Fredy Yate , Mauricio Mejía , Robert Farrior , Morgan Hinkleman , Alberto Ospino , Felipe Bernedette , Daniel Lugo , Jayson Warner Smith , William Mark McCullough , April Billingsley , Lauren Boyd , Lauren Revard , Marcus Hester , Mike Pniewski , Frank Licari , Alex Collins , Scott Poythress , Connor Trinneer , Alpha Trivette , Kevin L. Johnson , DeVere Jehl , Emilio Sierra , Leon Lamar , Tony Guerrero , Maria Howell , Darla Delgado , Justice Leak , Robert Pralgo , Mickey Sumner , Daniel Thomas May , Chloe Swan Sparwath , Alex Quarles , Trip McCarthy , Zachary Powell , Daniel Diaz , Byron Wigfall , Matt Mercurio , Carlos Lopez Jr. , Jairo Ordoñez , Jeff Olsen , Stephen Conroy , Juan Esteban Ramírez Toro , Muhammad Ali , Tripper Allen , Emmy Allin , Chris Angerdina , Nargis Aniston , John L. Armijo , Jon Arthur , Se Ba , Gralen Bryant Banks , Tony Beard , Brett Beoubay , Na Bil , Bill Billions , Carter Birchwell , Jb Blaine , Bradley Bowen , Dawlish Carmauta , Cuyle Carvin , Carl A. Chauvin , Michelle L. Clarke , Alissa Collins , Sharon Conley , William Curtis Coppersmith , Steve Coulter , Leslie Danielsen , Stephen Dean , Javier Diaz , Tyler Dietrich , Dino Dos Santos , John Duley , Terence Easterling , Calen Curtis Edwards , Scott Everett , Jason Fortuna , William Frasca , Dudley Fuqua , Fred Galle , Chris Gann , Juan Gaspard , Derrick Gilbert , Jim Gleason , Lara Grice , Bob Hartnack , Robert Hatch , Jordan Helms , Billy James , Alicia Davis Johnson , Matthew Jolly , Andrew R. Kaplan , Kendall Kiker , Steve Kish , Joe Knezevich , Inder Kumar , Omar Lagudali , Demetri Landell , Douglas LaPonzina , Robert Larriviere , Ken Lewis , Hayley H. Long , Rhes Low , John Archer Lundgren , Walter Mall , Dorry Marie , Edward Marrero , Hans Marrero , Miguel Angel Marrero , Eric McCrea , Rickye McGowan , Michael Mercaldi , Noel Mirabal , Robert Lloyd Moore , Duane Moseley , Shawn Mousavi , Rob Muller , Jody Mullins , Mandy Oakes , Jay Oliver , Johnny Otto , Cameron Padgett , Kayla Perkins , Anna Phillips , Marc Phipps , George Pringle , Alexander Quarles , Nancy Reagan , Ronald Reagan , Carolina Roberts , Luis Sanchez , Shaker Sangam , Patti Schellhaas , David Silverman , Dan Southworth , Tabler , Jennifer Tapley , Corey Jason Thomas , Mateo Uribe , Christopher Van Escobar , Ruben Vidal , Eli Wanounou , Andrew Ward , Wes Weems , Aaron Wiggins , Callan Wilson , Frank R. Wilson , Jonathan Yaskoff , David Zalkind

Details

Company: Cross Creek Pictures
Country: United States , Japan
Language: English , Spanish
Released Date: 18 Aug 2017 (Taiwan)
Year: 2017
Film Location: Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: 115 min
Soundmix: Dolby Digital | Dolby Surround 7.1 | Dolby Atmos | SDDS | DTS (DTS: X) | Auro 11.1
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

User Review:

eddie_baggins » While we all eagerly await the release of the recently announced Top Gun sequel, Tom Cruise's latest slice of polished Hollywood entertainment American Made, allows us all to see what it's like when Maverick becomes a little naughty in his retirement from flying fighter jets, verbally sparring with Iceman and making out with Kelly McGillis.

Re-teaming with his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman, American Made is a relentlessly energized and seriously fun examination of the true life story of American Airlines pilot Barry Seal, who gave up his life as an everyday pilot to not only become a CIA recruited pilot delivering messages, guns and various other treats to South American contacts, but a drug runner for the Pablo Escobar Columbian drug trade, which makes for a wild ride that would be utterly unbelievable were it not in fact based on truth.

Fair warning to all, Liman and his leading man are totally uninterested in giving a dry history lesson of Seal's exploits, as American Made sees the two Hollywood heavy hitters instead turn their trajectory towards delivering a heightened and often over the top examination of these events and with Liman bringing his Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow expertise with him to the event and with Cruise seemingly having the most fun his had in years, the risk to go for something different other than an awards baiting or dialogue heavy expose has paid off hugely, with American Made easily becoming one of the year's most purely fun and enjoyable rides.

At almost 60 years of age you'd be rightfully thinking it's about time that Cruise take a seat back and enjoy a more quiet time in his career but the unstoppable and enthusiastic leading man is having a blast here bringing Seal to life.

In almost every scene of the film, Cruise and Liman continue on with their rapport that they built in Edge of Tomorrow and Liman should be commended for bringing out Cruise's natural talents for comedy and when mixed with his easy going charisma that has made him such a beloved acting figure, Seal offers Cruise one of his best and most interesting roles in his long and varied career, no small feat when you consider the quality of his often underestimated C.V.

American Made's frenetic and sometimes scattered focus may detract from some viewers experiences and those looking for a more sombre take on a no doubt very serious topic may be disappointed but Liman and his cast's (that includes great bit turns from the likes of Sarah Wright as Seal's wife Lucy and Caleb Landry Jones as Lucy's dim-witted brother Bubba) ability to extract the absurdness and craziness of this whole situation and turn it into such a fun piece of entertainment should be a winner in the majority of cases, much like Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street did.

Final Say –

With Cruise on top form and Liman instilling his film with a breathtaking amount of energy, American Made is a pure piece of cinematic entertainment and an awesomely fun companion piece to Cruise's other well-known plane centred star vehicle.

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