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This unflinching drama tells the story of recently released ex-convict Jack Kelson (Jeff Bridges) as he struggles to begin a new life outside of prison and build a relationship with his estranged teenage son Nick (Edward Furlong). With the deck stacked against them, Jack falls back on old habits as they struggle amid the vagrants and criminals of an impoverished section of Seattle. Just when it appears that they might succeed, Jack's past comes back to haunt him.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Bridges
Jack Kelson
Tracey Kapinsky
Molly
John Boylan
Janitor
Greg Sevigny
Young Jack
Martin Bell
Writer (Screenplay)
Peter Silverman
Writer (Screenplay)
Mary Ellen Mark
Writer (Screenplay)
Cary Brokaw
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James R. Bagdonas
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Nancy Baker
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Critic Reviews for American Heart

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for American Heart

  • Apr 30, 2013
    An ok movie. Edward Furlong was good, as usual...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2011
    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 <i>Crazy Heart</i>. Everything that is good about Bridges's Oscar-winning performance is in <i>American Heart</i>, 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.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2010
    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.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2009
    This movie was alright
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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