American Made

American Made

Doug Liman (2017)

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Tom Cruise stars here as Barry Seal, the real-life TWA pilot who spent much of the late 1970s and 80s playing the CIA and Mexican cartels off against each other. There are vicarious thrills galore as we follow Seal on a journey of drugs, planes and Reagan-era politics. It's fun to have a seat on the ride, but as soon as things get serious the lack of any deeper motivation than cash means the final act falls a bit flat. Cruise is as charismatic as you would expect, sporting a respectable southern accent and portraying Seal as a man in search of the next rush. It would have been nice to have seen more depth in his performance, but at least Domhnall Gleeson, as Seal's CIA handler, is on hand to add a touch of darkness. Seal's story is certainly outrageous, but more could have perhaps been done with the material, with director Doug Liman never getting beneath its amusing surface.


In the 1980s, US pilot Barry Seal becomes a drug-runner for the CIA during a clandestine operation. Biopic, starring Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson and Sarah Wright.

Cast & Crew

Barry Seal Tom Cruise
Monty Schafer Domhnall Gleeson
Lucy Seal Sarah Wright
Agent Craig McCall E Roger Mitchell
Sheriff Downing Jesse Plemons
Judy Downing Lola Kirke
Jorge Ochoa Alejandro Edda
James Rangel Benito Martinez
JB Caleb Landry Jones
Dana Sibota Jayma Mays
Director Doug Liman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Aug 2017