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American Son (2008)

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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.


Neil Abramson


Eric Schmid (screenplay), Neil Abramson (story) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Cannon ... Mike
Matt Sigloch ... Company Commander (voice)
Dotan Baer ... Marine #1
Justin Diedolf Justin Diedolf ... Marine #2
Renzo Fidani Renzo Fidani ... Marine #3
Wade Harlan ... Marine #4
Robert T. Parker Robert T. Parker ... Marine #5
Dominique Valdez Dominique Valdez ... Go USA! Guy
Melonie Diaz ... Cristina
Danielle Barbosa ... Cristina's Mother
Gaby Medina Gaby Medina ... Christina's Sister
Anthony Medina Anthony Medina ... Christina'a Brother
Matt O'Leary ... Jake
Arika Gluck ... Tricia (as Erica Gluck)
Tom Sizemore ... Dale


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Anything can happen in 96 hours.


Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »






Release Date:

19 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Filho da América See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the being N. C. character is wearing a Lance Corporal (E3) chevron on his bulletproof vest but on his way home he gets demoted. On his alpha dress uniform the chevron is that of a Private First Class/PFC (E2). See more »


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Excellent, Truthful Film
4 July 2012 | by pmaltSee all my reviews

American Son is a gem of intimacy, conflict, and the poetry of Americans living their choices. I have always leaned toward movies that illuminate the inner emotion of people as they work through relationships and vulnerabilities. Nick Cannon is masterful in expressing the scorchingly intense emotion of his introverted and torn character, Mike, who is so authentic and such a quality guy --- I feel as if I knew him or people like him, though I cannot bring them to mind... I probably met them in passing over the years.

Neil Abramson deserves great kudos for directing this riveting and engaging film. It is not riveting in the sense of feverish constant action --- which I only find annoying anyway, with its self-conscious, intrusive camera work as in the Bourne movies. Rather, American Son is riveting in the sense of losing oneself in the lives of these people. Melonie Diaz is excellent as Christina, in her vulnerability and intense love for Mike, which she tries to keep hidden... you can feel her fear of being hurt by this wonderful guy who has joined this war.

The movie made me hurt for all people who have had to fight or loved anybody who went to war. These goodbyes have been a part of human history since forever. So much pain. I won't get political here, but I grew up with the Vietnam War in my life, and I truly thought when it ended after those ten arduous and agonizing years, that America was done dealing with war. So young I was.

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