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  • The project was announced on January 14, 2015.
  • The small town of Ball Ground, Georgia, was transformed into the real town of Mena, Arkansas for this movie. This is the largest event of a public nature and this type of grand exposure to occur in Ball Ground's history.
  • The real chef and owner of Les Bon Temps Louisiana Grill, Adam (featured in downtown Mena/Ball Ground), cooked the meal for the dinner at the Sheriff's house.
  • The film's script was featured on the 2014 Black List of the most liked unproduced film scripts.
  • Since August 24th, Tom Cruise has been seen filming on location in Medellín, Colombia, and also on other Colombian towns that were real places where Barry Seal had to move when he was a pilot for the Medellin Cartel.
  • Crew members experienced a tragic event on the last day of filming. On September 11, 2015, stunt pilot Alan D. Purwin and his Venezuelan co-pilot, Carlos Berl, were killed when their small, twin-engine Aerostar plane crashed during foggy conditions in the Andes, near Medellin, Colombia. The pilots had just finished their work on the film prior to the crash, which left a sole survivor, Jimmy Lee Garland, who suffered serious injury. Ten minutes before the fatal crash, Tom Cruise had been aboard a helicopter taking the same route in similar weather conditions as the ill-fated flight.
  • Ron Howard was considered to direct but lost to Doug Liman.
  • Tom Cruise has previously co-starred with Brendan Gleeson in Far and Away (1992), Mission: Impossible II (2000), and Edge of Tomorrow (2014). His son, Domhnall Gleeson, co-stars with Tom Cruise in American Made.
  • This film is the second collaboration between Tom Cruise and Edge of Tomorrow (2014) director Doug Liman.
  • This is Tom Cruise's third biographical film, along with Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Valkyrie (2008).
  • First collaboration between Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright.
  • The film went back into production in 2016 for additional photography and 2017 for reshoots
  • This began shooting under the title " Mena ".
  • Despite the presence of cocaine in the film, none of the characters are seen consuming it.
  • The airplane that Barry Seal was flying all the time (officially registered as N164HH, also seen in the movie on the tail of the airplane) crashed in real life (11 Sept. 2015) on the last day of the movie shoots causing 2 fatalities.
  • The second of two films starring Tom Cruise to be released in 2017 beginning with The Mummy (2017). Both films are from Universal Pictures.
  • This was Doug Liman's third film to be shot in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio since Swingers (1996) and his first film to be shot digitally.
  • Tom Cruise's first R-rated film in 9 years (since Tropic Thunder (2008)).
  • At the time of writing, the families of pilots Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl are suing the producers for the deaths of the two pilots on the last day of filming, alleging negligence on the part of the filmmakers. Both families are also suing each other and the surviving pilot Jimmy Lee Garland.
  • The film was shown in the widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio for its European theatrical run.
  • Second movie to be released in September, 2017 with the word "American" in it. The first was "American Assassin".
  • Mauricio Mejía who plays Pablo Escóbar appears in two seasons of the television series Narcos (2015), also about the Colombian cocaine cartels, as a Colombian soldier, Castaño.
  • In one of the trailers Tom Cruise is ordered to land his plane. He is also ordered to land his plane in the opening scene of Top Gun (1986).
  • Domhnall Gleeson stars in this film with Tom Cruise and which is directed by Doug Liman. His father, Brendan Gleeson, was in Doug Liman's last film Edge Of Tomorrow (2014) which also starred Tom Cruise.
  • This is the first R-rated film Doug Liman has directed since the 1999 film "Go".
  • First time since 1999 Tom Cruise has had 2 leading roles in one year Eyes Wide Shut (1999) & Magnolia (1999).
  • Mauricio Mejía the Colombian actor who portrays 'Pablo Escobar' in this film, also played the same role of Escobar in his beginnings; on the first episode of the Mega-Production of Caracol Televisión and Telemundo Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012).
  • The man Barry spoke to in the hallway of the White House is portraying George W. Bush, who is the son of then Vice President George H. W. Bush. He mentions he flew with the Air National Guard from 1968-74.
  • When the Arkansas State Attorney General receives a call from the Governor that leads to Seal's release from custody, she answers hello Bill. Bill Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas from 79-81.
  • Tom Cruise, a pilot in real life, did all of the flying on his own.
  • The real Barry Seal looked nothing like Tom Cruise. In real life he was a big heavy-set guy knick-named "El Gordo" by members of the Medellin Cartel, which translates to the "Fat Guy" in English.
  • The DEA, ATF, & FBI never raided Barry Seal's airport in Mena, Arkansas as portrayed in the movie. He was actually arrested in Ft Lauderdale in 1983 for attempting to smuggle quaaludes into the U.S. This is what lead him to be a DEA informant on the Medellin Cartel.


  • Body count: 2.
  • They decided to implied the character of three future american presidents: George H. W. Bush, William "Bill" Clinton and George W. Bush by small clues.
  • Features the Iran-Contra affair senate hearings where Arthur L. Liman, father of director Doug Liman, served as chief counsel.
  • Second biopic, following Valkyrie (2008), where Tom Cruise's character is shot dead.
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