Wednesday, July 6, 2016

American Heart 1992

     Jack Kelson has just been released from jail in Seattle and he will be on parole for a period of time.  If his parole officer feels it’s justified, he can send Jack back to jail.  He rents a small apartment and takes a job as a window washer.  He wants his son Nick to have a better life.  Jack wants Nick to go and live on his aunt’s farm but he doesn’t want to leave his father.  Jack has determined to go straight but a former partner in crime steps back into Jack’s life.
     Jack and his son both have a lot of disadvantages in their lives.  Jack dreams of a new life in Alaska but he’s having a tough time restarting his life in Seattle.  Nick is supposed to be going to school and his Dad thinks he is but he’s hanging out on the streets.  He was required to bring a grade transcript and immunization paperwork for enrollment so he just walked away.  He does get a job delivering newspapers.  The ending is different than I expected.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

113 min, Crime directed by Martin Bell with Jeff Bridges, Edward Furlong, John Boylan, Greg Sevigny, Jayne Entwistle, Willie Williams, Roosevelt Franklin, Melvyn Hayward, Don Harvey, Kit McDonough.

Note:  Imdb 6.8 out of 10, 73% critic 68% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.2* out of 5* with 34 reviews.
Special Note:  Actually filmed in Seattle, Washington.  The character Freddie was based on a real street kid, Lulu.  She was featured in the documentary Streetwise and she protected other street kids.  CNN paid for her funeral after she was stabbed and over 200 people were at her funeral.  Edward Furlong as Nick started acting in 1984 in The Terminator.  His most recent film is Aftermath of 2014.

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