|Directed by||Martin Bell|
|Produced by||Jeff Bridges
|Screenplay by||Peter Silverman
Mary Ellen Mark
|Music by||James Newton Howard|
|Cinematography||James R. Bagdonas|
|Editing by||Nancy Baker|
|Running time||113 minutes|
American Heart is a 1992 film by Martin Bell, starring Edward Furlong and Jeff Bridges. It was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award in a number of categories, and won in the Best Male Lead category.
American Heart tells the story of a recently released convict (Jeff Bridges) pursued by his 12-year-old son (Edward Furlong), who hungers for a father and insists on joining him on Seattle's skid row.
The film's non-Hollywood realism can be explained by its origins. First came Streetwise, a series of documentary photographs of Seattle street kids for Life magazine by Mary Ellen Mark. Next, Mark and her husband, Martin Bell, produced a documentary film called Streetwise. The screenplay for American Heart, the fictionalized dramatization, was based on this material.
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