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American Made (2017)



Critic Consensus: American Made's fast-and-loose attitude with its real-life story mirrors the cavalier -- and delightfully watchable -- energy Tom Cruise gives off in the leading role.

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Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House with the Iran Contra scandal.

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Tom Cruise
as Barry Seal
Domhnall Gleeson
as Monty Schafer
Sarah Wright
as Lucy Seal
Jesse Plemons
as Sheriff Downing
Jayma Mays
as Dana Sibota
Lola Kirke
as Judy Downing
Alejandro Edda
as Jorge Ochoa
Benito Martinez
as James Rangel
E. Roger Mitchell
as Craig McCall
Jed Rees
as Louis Finkle
Fredy Yate Escobar
as Carlos Ledher
Mauricio Mejía
as Pablo Escobar
Robert P. Farrior
as Oliver North
Alberto Ospino
as Manuel Noriega
Daniel Lugo
as Adolfo Calero
Jayson Warner Smith
as Bill Cooper (Snowbird #1)
William Mark McCullough
as Pete (Snowbird #2)
Lauren Boyd
as Secretary
Mike Pniewski
as Willie (State Police)
Frank Licari
as DEA Agent #1
Connor Trinneer
as George W. Bush/Texan
Alpha Trivette
as Judge Linkletter
Kevin L. Johnson
as Agent Horace Wainwright
Devere Jehl
as Plain Clothed Man
Emilio Sierra
as Hector (Colombian Driver)
Leon Lamar
as Elderly Man
Tony Guerrero
as Federico Vaughan
Maria Howell
as NSC Woman
Darla Delgado
as Customs Agent
Justice Leak
as DEA Agent Winter
Robert Pralgo
as Gary (Cubicle Mate)
Mickey Sumner
as North's Aide Fawn Hall
Daniel May
as CIA Man
Trip McCarthy
as Dean (As James McCarthy lll)
Byron Diaz
as Sandinista Soldier
Byron Wigfall
as Contra #1
Carlos López
as CIA Station Chief
Jeffrey Olsen
as State Trooper
Stephen Conroy
as Military Police/Advisor
Juan Esteban Ramirez Toro
as Antonio (Bull Fighter)
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But by the time the movie roared to its shockingly grim, remarkably embittered ending, American Made had won me over.

October 13, 2017 | Full Review…

It skitters and jumps, shivers and boot-scoots, never, ever sitting still. You could say it's like "Blow," on well, blow. But there's a breezy sunniness to this film, which looks like a faded snapshot reclaimed from an '80s photo album.

October 6, 2017 | Full Review…

One assumes that Cruise got this film made, yet he's a terrible fit for the role: he's always done his best work portraying smart, insightful characters in dramatic stories, but Seal was a yahoo whose sorry escapades are played here for cynical laughs.

October 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Without realizing it, American Made is a wincing metaphor for Tom Cruise's movie career-which, come to think of it, is exclusively and embarrassingly American made, too.

October 2, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The impetuous pace of the film is at one with its moral shamelessness, and, without thinking, we sign up for both.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

[Tom] Cruise gives his energetic all to the role, but he, too, doesn't seem to be quite aware that Seal was morally compromised far beyond the shallow confines of this film.

September 29, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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Classic wily Cruise. Guy never lets us down.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer


American Made is a movie that floats by on the sheer enjoyment of Tom Cruise's charismatic, devil-may-care performance as Barry Seal, a man who flew secret missions for the CIA, Colombian drug cartels, and Nicaraguan contras. It's an appealing story with fun anecdotes of a scoundrel playing all sides against each other. Seal is unrepentantly without introspection and is simply having the time of his life. Under Doug Liman's direction and Cruise's sly performance, the movie flies by on good vibes until its inevitable crash once Seal cannot get out of the mess he's made for himself. The film doesn't have much in the way of depth or commentary on Seal's actions or the CIA's. Domnhall Gleeson (The Revenant) plays the enigmatic CIA handler who brings Seal into action and plots behind the scenes, and I wish he had a larger presence in the film. His character is the closest the film approaches legitimate satire. Other supporting characters leave little impression or have such limited roles, from Sarah Wright's complicit wife, to Caleb Landry Jones' bizarre screw-up of a brother-in-law, to Jesse Plemons as a small-town sheriff, to Jayma Mays as a frazzled prosecutor who can't take down Seal. The near-escapes and comical skirting of legal consequences provide enough interest without making the film seem episodic. I'm even struggling to say more about the film because that's how quickly it evaporates from memory. American Made isn't going to make much more than a fleeting impression, but it's fun while it lasts and a reminder about how entertaining movies can be when paired with a magnetic actor cutting loose. Nate's Grade: B

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

In the mood for a wee bit o'fun at the flickers, then go no further as Cruise breezes through this 'based on a true story' tale as a bored pilot who's offered some unbelievably profitable sideline action working for the CIA. You'll wish you had a pilot's license by the end of it. Or at least a blonde wife. And while Cruise is not the first choice that comes to mind when one imagines a Louisiana homie, he does make the most out of it, giving us the most fun Cruise movie in awhile.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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