American Heart


Crime / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 2,857


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Don Harvey as Ed Jenkins
Edward Furlong as Nick Kelson
Jeff Bridges as Gregory Larkin
Marcus Chong as Terry Cosmos
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1.03 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
113 min
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1.91 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
113 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by raymond_chandler 9 / 10 / 10

Great Unknown Film

I first heard about this movie when it was filming in Seattle, my home. Being a fan of Jeff Bridges, I had to see it when it was released. I now own it on video, and it is one of my favorites. The Seattle locations are used well, but the basic story could happen anywhere. Ex-con Bridges tries to build a life for himself and his estranged son after his release from prison. There are subplots dealing with a pen-pal romance and Jack's ex-partner, but the focus is on the father-son relationship. What makes the film fascinating is the texture and depth of Bridges' performance. Jack is not too smart, a drunk, and flat broke. He is thrown into a harsh, uncompromising world at the very bottom rung, and somehow must find a way to survive AND stay straight. As he gradually takes responsibility for his son, Nick, he regains his self-esteem and humanity. Bridges shows us all this with humor, honesty, and zero sentimentality. He never shies away from exposing Jack's flaws, but also imbues him with a raw sort of nobility. Flashback sequences drawing a parallel between young Jack and Nick add a layer of poignancy. There is level of verisimilitude and frankness in "American Heart" that contemporary, mainstream American movies rarely exhibit. In form it greatly resembles Dustin Hoffman's remarkable "Straight Time", but this film is about relationships, not crime. If all you want from a movie is escapism, stay away. Those who like to wander near the Edge will be rewarded. "you keep me straight, I'll keep you straight"

Reviewed by jotix100 10 / 10 / 10

Father and son

"American Heart", which was released in 1992 was an excellent dramatic account of the relationship between a father and his impressionable teen age son. Jeff Bridges helped to produce the film, that is directed with great sense of style by Martin Bell, a man that should be appreciated for his uncompromising way of looking at life. Mr. Bell collaborated on the screen play with Peter Silverman, a writer that has worked extensively on television. Jack Kelson is an ex-con who wants to go straight. In the process he inherits his own son, who has been living away. They both end in Seattle trying to make a new start. Unfortunately, Jack Kelson has left behind enemies that ultimately want him dead. Jack figured he wants to start a new life in Alaska, away from the evil environment of crime in Seattle. Jeff Bridges is the best thing in this movie. We had seen this movie when it first was released, and we are impressed how well it still plays. Mr. Bridges is an accomplished actor who is totally believable in whatever he decides to play. It's his honesty that pulls us to him, and even this tough man he is portraying, shows redeeming qualities. Edward Furlong is also equally good as the young Nick, who clearly adores his father. The last scene at the ferry, when it's not clear Jack will make it and Nick is looking for him all over the place, has to be one of the most heart wrenching moments in this film. The musical score is amazing. Tom Waits songs in the background contribute to the feeling of despair the director created for us. Also Fats Waller's song "Im Crazy 'Bout My Baby" is heard in the film. This is a film that endures the passing of time thanks to the great contribution Martin Bell made to the film.

Reviewed by wildiris 10 / 10 / 10

A marvellous film that deserves a bigger audience

I love Martin Bell's American Heart. It comes together like an organic whole, with nothing that seems false or out of place. The low-key, matter-of-factly gritty tone means that the film probably won't rollercoaster over you on first viewing, but also that, unlike some more high-impact films, it bears repeated viewings and even gains by them. American Heart is high quality throughout, with fine writing, directing, acting, and artistic design. The characters are well drawn, not just types but real creations. The cast are wonderful across the board. Despite the fact that Heart was his first non-documentary feature, Bell seemed already to know how to get the best out of his actors (his later made-for-cable film Hidden in America also features fine performances). The score is very effective, too; Tom Waits' end-title song in particular. For anyone interested in Jeff Bridges or Edward Furlong this is probably essential viewing, but it is also well worth discovering for indie buffs or, indeed, anyone who likes good drama. Though the UK video sleeve may make it look like an all-action blockbuster, and the opening title sequence like a comedy, don't be put off: it's a gritty, poignant drama of real quality that deserves to be seen by more than the seemingly few who have already done so.

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