American Made (film)

American Made
Directed by Doug Liman
Produced by
Written by Gary Spinelli
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography César Charlone
Edited by
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29) (US)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $80 million[1]

American Made (previously known as Mena) is an upcoming biographical criminal drama-thriller film directed by Doug Liman, written by Gary Spinelli, and starring Tom Cruise.[2] The film is based on the life of Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who became a drug smuggler in the 1980s and who was recruited later on by the DEA to provide intelligence.[3] It is set to be released on September 29, 2017.


American Made tells the story of Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), a TWA pilot who is recruited by the CIA to help counter the emerging communist threat in Central America. Seal's role in this major CIA covert operation led in turn to his involvement with the Medellin cartel, which ultimately embarrassed the Reagan White House after the Iran-Contra scandal became public.




Principal photography on the film began on May 27, 2015 in Georgia.[5] Filming locations include counties Cherokee, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Morgan and Pickens.[5] On August 20, 2015, Tom Cruise arrived in Medellin, Colombia, and on August 31 arrived in Santa Marta[6] to scout for filming locations for the film.[7]

Plane crash

A plane crash on the set of the film in Colombia on September 11, 2015 killed two people and caused serious injuries to another member of the crew. The plane (a twin-engine Aerostar), which was carrying crew members (three American pilots), was returning to Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellín when it ran into bad weather and the crash occurred.[8] The dead were later identified as Carlos Berl and Alan Purwin, who was the founder and president of Helinet Aviation, a company which provides aerial surveillance technology to government agencies and law enforcement, and a film pilot who had worked in top films. American pilot Jimmy Lee Garland was seriously injured and rushed to a local hospital.[9][10]


In May 2015, Universal set the film for a January 6, 2017 release.[11] On August 8, 2016, the film's release was pushed to September 29, 2017 with a new title, presumably to avoid competition with Amityville: The Awakening and Underworld: Blood Wars.[12]


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  3. Fleming, Mike (2015-01-14). "'Edge' Guys Tom Cruise, Doug Liman Eye Drug Pilot Tale 'Mena'". Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  4. Hipes, Patrick (2015-04-13). "Jayma Mays Joins Tom Cruise's 'Mena'; Tessa Thompson Cast In Indie 'War On Everyone'". Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  5. 1 2 "Universal Starts Production on Doug Liman's Mena, Starring Tom Cruise". May 29, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  6. "Tom Cruise llega a Santa Marta para grabar escenas de su película.". RCN Radio. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  7. Casa Editorial El Tiempo. "Tom Cruise en Colombia: nueva película - Barranquilla - ELTIEMPO.COM". El Tiempo. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  8. A. Lincoln, Ross (September 11, 2015). "Fatal Plane Crash Claims 2 Lives On Set Of Tom Cruise Film 'Mena'". Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  9. Brumfield, Ben; Williams, Alima (12 September 2015). "Tom Cruise movie crew members in plane crash that kills 2 in Colombia". CNN. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  10. Cowden, Catarina. "Deadly Plane Crash Occurs On Set Of Tom Cruise Film Mena". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  11. Fleming Jr, Mike (May 27, 2015). "Universal Sets Tom Cruise-Doug Liman 'Mena' Flight Plan For January 2017". Retrieved May 29, 2015.

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