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American Heart (1992)

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Following up on Streetwise, his powerful documentary on the homeless kids of Seattle, director Martin Bell returned to that city for a dramatic feature. Nick Kelson (Edward Furlong) is a troubled teenager whose mother has been dead for many years; he spends much of his time with other throwaway kids roaming the city. When Nick's father Jack (Jeff Bridges) is released from a long stretch in prison, the father and child reunion is a bumpy one. Jack senses an obligation to his son but is trying to

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Feb 18, 2003

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The film begins as a gritty look at down-and-out lives in Seattle, but becomes a more conventional father-son melodrama, though the acting Jeff Bridges and Edward Furlong is good.

April 25, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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A gritty tale about a down-and-out father and son who inch toward a loving relationship

July 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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An ok movie. Edward Furlong was good, as usual...
April 30, 2013
itsjustme2004

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An ex-con with dreams of starting a new life reunites with his son.
In 1993 it was impossible to view this as I see it now: Jeff Bridges was practicing for his role in Crazy Heart. Everything that is good about Bridges's Oscar-winning performance is in American Heart, the music, the quiet desperation, the emotional depths to which he sinks, and of course, the hair. Edward Furlong, whose voice seems untutored but natural, matches Bridges in intensity.
However, I thought that the story was predictable and the plot contrived. You know the ending as soon as you meet Rainey, and the film doesn't tell us anything new about troubled youth.
Overall, the highlights are the stars, who give emotional and committed performances.
November 13, 2011
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Jim Hunter

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Edward Furlong is one of my favorite actors. Jeff Bridges is one of the top actors in Hollywood, and while not on my top 10 list, he's still a brilliant actor. So, American Heart should have been an awesome film! I knew from reading reviews, that it was gonna be strange, but while most people liked it, I did not! The story follows an ex-con trying to restart his life, and his estranged, runaway son, that he just can't get rid of. The background is great, but the film sucks, seriously all you see is these people going about their everyday business! Nothing really happens, you feel no connection to the characters whatsoever, and there is really no reason to care about what is happening!? Just go follow two random people on the street for a couple days and watch them go about their everyday life and you'll know what this awful film was like.
September 21, 2011
Tss807

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A favorite
April 13, 2008
iLeo
Leo L

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    1. Jack Kelson: Things are goin' be different for you.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Jack Kelson: I don't know if I can help the kid. I don't know if I have anything good to give him.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Jack Kelson: You keep me straight, I'm tryin' to keep you straight.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Jack Kelson: I'm just trying to do for you what nobody did for me.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Jack Kelson: You're going to follow my three rules to a T. Don't tail me, shadow me, or in any way, shape, or form jam me.Don't ask me to hold your stinkin' hand.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Rainey: The way I figure it, you're the doer or the does.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
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