American Made

Genre:  Thriller
Running Time:  115 min.
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Blu-ray: January 2, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 2.94
based on 272 votes and 102 reviews
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Cast: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones, Jayma Mays


TWA pilot Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) likes to do a little smuggling on the side, which catches the attention of the CIA. An agent (Domnhall Gleeson) approaches him to do a little flying in order to discreetly transport items to Central and South America.

Barry, a good-natured Southern boy, agrees and although the pay is more than he made as a commercial pilot, it's still not enough to take care of his growing family. That's why when he runs into several drug kingpins, including Pablo Escobar, he agrees to help them get their cocaine to the States. 

Barry becomes more and more involved in the smuggling business and before long, he has more money than he can count. He even has to hire other pilots to meet the demand for his services. But when the government gets wind of what Barry's been doing in addition to working for them, will they support him or throw him to the wolves? 

Director: Doug Liman
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Brian Grazer, Doug Davison, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson, Kim Roth
Screenplay: Gary Spinelli
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  • 2 stars "(Huge Spoiler Alert below) In a vast sea of drug running movies involving the Columbian Cartels, this movie crashes and sinks to one of the bottom feeders. Tom is uninspired and phones it in as doomed amoral CIA dupe pilot Barry Seal. His entire operation comes off as a huge joke, as it turns out, one of the biggest problems with running drugs for the CIA and the Cartels is that you have issues hiding the money, as the numbers become non-sensical. The movie properly portrays the CIA as Users and Abusers of hard working Americans, but does not properly go into their heavy involvement in the drug trade and hooking America on cocaine to fund their black programs. Fine for a rental, and largely forgetable, which is I'm sure how the CIA likes it."
  • 4 stars "Very entertaining, while exposure to this serious issue. Tom Cruise is marvelous as Barry Seals.."
  • 5 stars "great movie , true story"