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American Son (2008)

  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 440 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance | War
  • Runtime: USA:90 min (Sundance Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: Bakersfield, California, USA
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American Son (2008)

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  • IMDb page: American Son (2008)
  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 440 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance | War
  • Runtime: USA:90 min (Sundance Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: Bakersfield, California, USA
  • Director: Neil Abramson
  • Stars: Nick Cannon, Matt Sigloch and Dotan Baer
  • Original Music By: Tim Boland  Sam Retzer   
  • Soundtrack: God Damn
  • Plot Keyword: Thanksgiving | Motel Room | Dream | Crying | Flashback

Writing Credits By:

  • Eric Schmid (screenplay)
  • Neil Abramson (story) and
  • Eric Schmid (story)

Known Trivia

  • Filmed in only 20 days.
  • A straight to DVD release.

Plot: The story of a young Marine, fresh from Camp Pendleton, who is forced to confront the complexities of adulthood and a volatile home life during a four-day Thanksgiving leave.  »

Story: The story of a young Marine, fresh from Camp Pendleton, who is forced to confront the complexities of adulthood and a volatile home life during a four-day Thanksgiving leave.

Synopsis

Synopsis: A young man tries to tie up some loose ends before he goes to war in this independent drama from director Neil Abramson. Mike Holland (Nick Cannon) is nineteen years old and has just completed his basic training as a private in the United States Marine Corps. Mike has a four-day leave so he can visit his family for Thanksgiving, and then has orders for combat duty in Iraq. Mike wants to spend time with his family and friends before he ships out, but he doesn’t want to tell anyone that he’ll be stationed in Iraq. While taking the bus home to Bakersfield, California, Mike meets Cristina (Melonie Diaz), and it doesn’t take long for him to realize he’s infatuated with her. Mike makes a date to spend some time with Cristina, but he already has a busy schedule over the next four days. Mike catches up with his little sister (Erica Gluck), his doting mother (April Grace) and her taciturn new husband (Tom Sizemore), and sees his estranged father (Chi McBride) for the first time in years. Mike also hangs out with his best friend Jake (Matt O’Leary), but discovers he’s begun taking a different path in life while Mike was in boot camp. And Mike happens to meet a disabled soldier back from Iraq (Jay Hernandez) who gives him an idea of what he can expect during his tour of duty. American Son was screened in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. [D-Man2010]

Before shipping out to Iraq, a 19 year old goes home to learn that he has outgrown his friends. He falls deeply in love with a young woman, a love made bittersweet by his fear that he will not be coming home again, except in a body bag. [D-Man2010]

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Chris Frisina known as executive producer
  • Keeley Gould known as co-producer
  • Keeley Gould known as line producer
  • Alex Kohner known as executive producer
  • Danielle Renfrew known as producer
  • Michael Roiff known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Nick Cannon known as Mike
  • Matt Sigloch known as Company Commander (voice)
  • Dotan Baer known as Marine #1
  • Justin Diedolf known as Marine #2
  • Renzo Fidani known as Marine #3
  • Wade Harlan known as Marine #4
  • Robert T. Parker known as Marine #5
  • Dominique Valdez known as Go USA! Guy
  • Melonie Diaz known as Cristina
  • Danielle Barbosa known as Cristina's Mother
  • Gaby Medina known as Christina's Sister
  • Anthony Medina known as Christina'a Brother
  • Matt O'Leary known as Jake
  • Erica Gluck known as Tricia
  • Tom Sizemore known as Dale
  • April Grace known as Donna
  • Bryan Marsh known as Redneck
  • Sean Marquette known as Darcy
  • Ray Santiago known as Miguelito
  • Percy Daggs III known as Shawn
  • Michael Welch known as Goldie
  • Samuel McFadden known as Samuel
  • Nancy Kliuftis known as Courtney
  • Diana Terranova known as Tammy
  • Eurydice Davis known as Amber
  • Katie Ulloa known as Christina's Boss
  • Chi McBride known as Eddie
  • Jolene Hjerleid known as Dawn
  • Herman Wilkins known as Aaron
  • Toni Quintero known as Maria (as Tonie Quintero)
  • Sal Lopez known as Cristina's Father
  • Rosie Grandiallas known as Señora Morales
  • Jay Hernandez known as Junior Morales
  • Dennis D'Antin known as Alex
  • Erick Florez known as Gang Banger (uncredited)
  • Jumper Lark known as Kyle (uncredited)
  • Alex Perez known as Marine – Private (uncredited)
  • Jose Perez known as Marine (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Jeni Chua known as hair stylist
  • Jeni Chua known as makeup artist
  • Sara C. Hernandez known as key hair stylist
  • Sara C. Hernandez known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • James Ambers known as props assistant
  • Christian Goss known as props assistant
  • Martin Carrasco Leon known as props assistant

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Map Point Pictures
  • Night and Day Pictures
  • Winghead Films

Other Companies:

  • B.A.M. Grip Co.  grip and electric equipment provided by
  • C.M. Meiers Company  insurance
  • Cinelease  grip and electric equipment provided by
  • DitlevFilms  end crawl
  • Great Western Caterers  catering
  • Modern VideoFilm  digital intermediate
  • Monkeyland Audio  post-production sound services
  • Monkeyland Audio  sound re-recording
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio  titles
  • Yada/Levine  Avid provided by

Distributors:

  • G2 Pictures (2010) (UK) (DVD)
  • Echo Bridge Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Elephant Films (2010) (France) (all media)
  • Media 8 Entertainment (2008) (non-USA) (all media)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Handmade Digital (visual effects)
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio (opticals and digital imaging)

Visual Effects by:

  • Jason W. Alexander known as compositor: Handmade Digital
  • Todd Groves known as lead compositor: Handmade Digital
  • Lee Roderick known as visual effects supervisor: Handmade Digital
  • Howard Stein known as iq artist: Modern VideoFilm
  • Jennifer Vecchiarello known as visual effects producer: Handmade Digital

Release Date:

  • USA January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • USA 13 June 2008 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic June 2009 (Zlín Film Festival)
  • USA 25 August 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and drug use

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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