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    American Made: A Largely True Story With Some Not-So-Fun Lies

    Director Doug Liman (Writing Studio, 9/1/17) describes American Made, his film about real-life drug dealer Barry Seal, as “a fun lie based on a true story.” So it’s not like he’s holding himself to a high standard of historical accuracy.

    For one thing, Seal (portrayed by Tom Cruise) did not meet Colombian druglords Jorge Ochoa and Pablo Escobar, whose psychopathic hijinks provide much of the incident in the movie, until 1984, when the narrative is almost over. And Seal never landed a plane on a suburban street and pedaled away on a child’s bike to evade the DEA, as Cruise does, I’m sorry to say. (American Made largely exists because the Oscar-winning Argo showed that CIA exploits could be turned into a commercial and critical success—if, as Argo did, you make up all the most exciting and cinematic parts.)

    But as the movie covers a subject—the intersection of the 1980s’ drug trade with the covert wars in Central America—that was deliberately ignored by major media at the time, and has been little examined by historians subsequently (we’ll have to wait at least another decade for Ken Burns’ Iran/Contra), it’s worth looking at which parts of the script were fun lie and what was true story.
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    Still looks like a funny movie! I will watch it when it comes out.

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    It's sure looks funny!!


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