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American Made | 2017 | R | - 6.6.10

Based on a true story: a TWA airline pilot (Tom Cruise) in the 1970s is offered a job with the CIA with increasingly risky responsibilities gathering intelligence on South American officials and delivering weapons. Also with Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Alejandro Edda and Mauricio Mejía. Directed by Doug Liman. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A wife straddles her husband, who is flying a plane at the time, and they have sex: she thrusts on him and moans and he dives the plane and then rights it, presumably causing climax. A husband and his wife have sex in several places in one scene and we see them thrusting and hear them moaning with their bare backs, shoulders and legs visible through a shower glass, in the backseat of a car, and on a kitchen floor.
 A husband and his wife kiss in a few scenes. A wife grabs her husband's clothed buttock and kisses him while he sleeps. A husband and his wife snuggle in bed; he is bare-chested and she wears a nightgown that shows bare shoulders.
 A fully nude man and several fully nude women run toward a car at a party and we see their bare backs, buttocks, shoulders and legs. A man delivers a box filled with pornographic magazines and we see a cover with a nude woman (her arms and hands cover her breasts and genitals and we see cleavage, bare abdomen and legs to the hips). A man drops his pants to expose his bare buttocks twice as his wife and children look on and cheer. A wife wears a bra and lace underpants (we see cleavage, bare abdomen, back and legs) and we then see her wearing a sheer teddy top and underpants as she climbs onto a bed where her husband is sound asleep and fully clothed. A woman wears a low-cut tank top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman wears a bikini at a pool party and we see her bare abdomen to the hips, bare legs, shoulders and cleavage). A woman wears short shorts and a sheer top that exposes her bra and bare legs. A young man is shown shirtless in several scenes and we see his bare shoulders, chest and abdomen.
 A man states, "Those little cocktail gals are on fire when they see a man in uniform, the panties come off."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Men with guns approach a man in his car, he tries to figure out how to get away and one gun points through the car window and we hear a gunshot (we later see the car splattered with blood and the passenger window shattered). A car speeds away on a road and explodes killing the driver (we see blood splattered inside the crumpled remains of the car). We see cars in flames and a dead body on the ground.
 A pilot flies low-over compounds where armed people shoot at him in several scenes; in one scene and anti-aircraft gun shoots out one of his engines and it sputters and smokes before he manages to balance the aircraft and fly away to safety.
 Many armed men yell at two pilots and threaten them; another man tells one of the gunmen to "Shoot the gringos," and he nearly does (the two pilots are unharmed but shaken up). Many men with guns enter an estate, shoot at people (we do not see anyone struck) and arrest several men; we see one man in a jail cell later with a bruised and bloody face and he is missing a tooth. A man is pulled out of his plane by a group of men and they pile on him and take his shoes and his glasses. Many officers from several government agencies (DEA, ATF, FBI, local sheriff) enter a plane hangar and threaten the man inside and arrest him. A man is taken by men with guns to meet several other men and discuss drug trafficking. Men take target practice with weapons. A man flinches every time he starts his car expecting it to blow up.
 Several border patrol planes surround a plane and order him to land; the pilot dives toward the ground and lands on a road knocking over mailboxes and a stop sign and hits a tree tearing off a part of the plane's wing; when the plane stops abruptly, packages of cocaine burst and cover the pilot with the powder. A pilot flying a small plane over the ocean falls asleep at the wheel and does flies off-course until another pilot flies next to him and bumps his wing to jolt him awake. Several small planes fly low over the ocean and are chased by official planes until the official planes run low on fuel and have to turn back. A pilot takes off in a plane from a short runway and with a heavy load of cargo; he flies through tree tops cutting off parts of trees as his alarms blare but manages to fly away safely. A bull chases a man in a ring as the man runs around picking up rolls of money; the man runs toward the wall as the bull approaches (we do not see what happens).
 A pilot takes an airplane off auto-pilot and causes the plane to dip quickly and items fall in the passenger cabin waking the other pilot who had dozed off. A pilot buzzes very close to the ground over a man standing on the ground and the man on the ground is startled and ducks. A movie shows a man being shot and he flinches and falls (there's no blood).
 A police officer chases a young man with a suitcase filled with money and tackles him on the ground; we see the young man in a jail cell and on the phone telling a man that he has 2 priors. A wife slaps and shoves her husband while yelling at him. A wife argues with her husband about taking care of their family. A wife yells at her husband during labor and delivery. Men bet on whether a pilot will manage to take off on a short runway with a heavy load of cargo. We hear discussions about weapons for freedom fighters. An official tells a man, "We are going to rip the bark off you." A man says that drug traffickers will kill them, that they will pull their tongues out through their necks and torture them. We hear that Cuban exiles pay to have contraband smuggled into the US.
 A series of quick clips show two men boxing in a boxing ring, cars lined up at gas stations during a fuel crisis, American flags in flames, police skirmishes in streets. We see a series of failed attempts to smuggle drugs to the US and they include blowing small vessels up in the water and drug sniffing dogs stopping people at airports. A man is assigned to community service.
 A man is shown with a large snake slithering around his shoulders and neck.
 A man in a jail cell urinates in the corner and we hear the stream (presumably in a urinal that we do not see). A man is shown with a wet spot on his pants after he was threatened by men with guns (people tease him for wetting himself).


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 60 F-words and its derivatives, 26 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, name-calling (gringo, fatter than [F-word deleted],crazy, disgusting), 10 religious profanities (GD), 10 religious exclamations (e.g. Holy [scatological term deleted], Holy [F-word deleted], Lord, Bless You, Oh God, Oh My God, Jesus Christ, we hear that someone found God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - We hear about difficulties in transporting drugs to the US and see a woman during a strip search with bricks of cocaine taped to her body, men discuss how to transport drugs to the US from Colombia and we see many bricks of cocaine being loaded onto planes in many scenes, a man talks about another man transporting Opium during the Vietnam war, packages of cocaine burst during a crash landing covering the pilot with the powder, a man is told that he will transport 1500 kilos of cocaine in one trip, and we see parcels of drugs being dropped out of planes in many scenes and picked up by men on the ground. People drink alcohol at a bar, men drink Tequila shots in several scenes in celebration, a man asks another man for a beer and we see several empty beer bottles around in a plane hangar, a man gives another man a bottle of alcohol in a half-way house, and a man delivers a case of liquor to a group of men. An airline pilot smokes a cigarette in an airplane cockpit, a man smokes in an air traffic control booth, a man smokes a cigar, a young man smokes cigarettes in several scenes, and we see men with boxes of cigars in their flight cases (illegally brought into the country).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Nation building, CIA, FBI, ATF, DEA, enemies of democracy, covert operations, the Cold War, communist insurgents, Colombia, Noriega, Nicaragua, Sandinistas, Contras, Vietnam, , drug running, the Medellin drug cartel, revolutions, Oliver North, Ronald Reagan, the war on drugs.

MESSAGE - Drug and weapons dealing operations are very dangerous.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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