AMER­I­CAN MADE

Crime, Thriller

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Out & About -

Doug Li­man (The Bourne Iden­tity) di­rects Amer­i­can Made, a bi­o­graph­i­cal crime thriller based on the real-life ex­ploits of Barry Seal (played by Tom Cruise), a drug hustler and one­time TWA pi­lot, un­ex­pect­edly re­cruited by the CIA to run one of the big­gest covert op­er­a­tions in US his­tory, an op­er­a­tion that saw Seal switch suc­cess­fully from drug smug­gler to drug in­for­mant.

While work­ing for the CIA, Seal pro­vided in­tel­li­gence on the in­fa­mous Colom­bian Medellin car­tel (which sup­plied the bulk of co­caine smug­gled into the US) and its leader, Pablo Es­co­bar, dur­ing the peak of the 1980s co­caine-traf­fick­ing era. Seal also found him­self caught up in Nicaraguan and Contra pol­i­tics, which played a sig­nif­i­cant role in al­most bring­ing down the Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion through the IranCon­tra scan­dal.

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