American Made

American Made

DVD - 2018
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Based on the life and times of Barry Seal, tells the story of drug smuggling operations and U.S. Government-sponsored covert operations in the late 1970s through the 1980s.


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May 11, 2018

Liked this one. It starts as sort of comical and finishes sad and dark. Could have been a 2 hour Miami Vice back in the 80's.

Great film! Tom Cruise is at his best! This is a "MUST SEE" film, I'd highly recommend it!

Apr 16, 2018

I did like this film as portrayed with an unscrupulous but likeable pilot that knew no bounds. This is a film that is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, as the main character talks to the audience and as he somewhat stumbles through each increasingly dangerous mission smuggling cocaine, guns and people.
This character, as flawed as he was, is shown to be a charming family man, that left a TWA pilot job for the sake of adventure and money elsewhere. He is shown to be faithful, but reckless to his wife and children. Never boring or slow, this movie does move a rapid pace, but I did find some aspects to be unbelievable (CIA portrayal). As another review points, out, although based upon true events, it strays from the facts for what is a well done film.
Special Features is worthwhile to watch, as it has comments from the director and Tom Cruise and also found value in watching the deleted scenes with the commentary "on," as the director explains aspects of the film.

Apr 16, 2018

It's not in the theme of James Bond or Mission Impossible, so people should not expect to see similar setup, glorious sceneries. The main character has to act and navigate with and among all kind of people from idiotic to clever, trust worthy to crook in all kind of situation. The role of the predictably unpredictable brother-in-law spices up this dramatic comedy!
Very brilliant and fun filled mix.

Apr 09, 2018

It was ok. If you want to watch a better movie in the same genre I recommend Blow.

Apr 07, 2018

A good balance between action and drama, I thought I wouldn't like this movie but once the plot took off it was definitely worth watching. Its hard to believe any of what transpired actually happened.

Apr 02, 2018

Disappointed. Poor acting. Stopped watching after about 30 minutes.

Mar 28, 2018

This is a pretty well directed and acted movie. Fast paced and enjoyable 'action' movie. I would have rated it higher, but did not because it claims to be based on a true story, and I found out it is nothing like the true story. If you do not care at all about the real story, and just want a fictional movie that is somewhat fun and entertaining, then this is worth seeing, I gave it three stars. [SPOILER ALERT] As for why I was disappointed to find out the truth: the movie portrays him as a nice guy who did some bad things in order to serve his country. The truth is, he never worked for the CIA or served his country - the guy married three different women (not at the same time) and was the largest smuggler of cocaine into the USA, making him responsible for all the lives destroyed by cocaine addiction in the 1980s, and he did it because he made millions of dollars working for the cartels. He only cooperated with law enforcement because he got busted, and the cartels had him killed for his betrayal. This guy was a dirtbag criminal of the highest order, but the movie makes him out to be this likable guy who was crossing lines because his country asked him to in support of what became known as the Iran-Contra affair. As I stated before the spoiler alert - if you don't care about the real story, this movie is a fun and entertaining way to spend 2 hours.

Mar 28, 2018

Tom Cruise can do more than jump out of planes and do crazy car and motorcycle stunts. In this movie he is excellent portraying the first American pilot running guns and drugs for both the CIA and Latin American drug cartels. Great history lesson on the whole 1980s Contra-Sandinista-Iran-CIA quagmire during the Reagan presidential administration while his wife preached "just say no to drugs." Heyday of the CIA and screwed up foreign regime change.

Mar 20, 2018

Good movie. Barry Seal in the end was outed by journalist Edgar Jacoby not the government. Some parts of movie made up. He never partied with any of the cartel. Also married 3x.

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Sexual Content: A few brief sex scenes. A few scenes where Tom flashes his butt.

Violence: A fair bit of gunplay here and there but this is not a shoot-em-up.

Coarse Language: Some F-bombs and a few other nasties but not as many as you might expect.


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