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American Heart (1992)



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In this film, Jack is a taciturn ex-con who's been conditioned to trust no one. Not long after his release from prison, Jack is reunited with Nick, his teenaged son. Jack would prefer to carry on his life alone, but Nick is in dire need of a father figure.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Silverman
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On DVD: Feb 18, 2003
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Jeff Bridges
as Jack Kelson
Edward Furlong
as Nick Kelson
Lucinda Jenney
as Charlotte
Don Harvey
as Rainey
Kit McDonough
as Landlady
Maggie Welsh
as Freddie
John Boylan
as Janitor
Marcus Chong
as Terry Cosmos
Greg Sevigny
as Young Jack
Willie Williams
as Gospel Fireball
Burke Pearson
as Jack's Bum
Roosevelt Franklin
as Gospel Fireball
Todd Jamieson
as Suburban Father
Cristine McMurdo-Wal...
as School Administrator
Loyd Catlett
as Vernon the Bartender
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Critic Reviews for American Heart

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

It's a pity that the plot culminates in a slew of melodramatic contrivances that leave a lot of strands hanging.

Full Review… | January 31, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Not since "Straight Time" with Dustin Hoffman has there been a film that more convincingly depicted the plight of the ex-con in his struggle to earn an honest living than the engaging "American Heart."

Full Review… | January 31, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A gritty, well-meaning drama about a father and son on the fringes of society.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Compassionate; moving; heavy-going.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's time to recognize Mr. Bridges as the most underappreciated great actor of his generation.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for American Heart

An ok movie. Edward Furlong was good, as usual...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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 Smith

Super Reviewer

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