American Dream/American Knightmare

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American Dream/American Knightmare
American Dream American Knightmare.jpg
Directed byAntoine Fuqua
Music byAaron Zigman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Bradley J. Fischer
Antoine Fuqua
Eva Gunz
Laeta Kalogridis
Anne-Marie Mackay
Edward McGurn
James Vanderbilt
CinematographyConrad W. Hall
Editor(s)Jeff Cowan
Adam H. Miller
Running time85 minutes
Production company(s)Mythology Entertainment
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseDecember 21, 2018

American Dream/American Knightmare is a 2018 Showtime television documentary film about Suge Knight directed by Antoine Fuqua.


American Dream/American Knightmare is a documentary about the life and career of gangsta rap producer and Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight. The film includes interviews conducted by Fuqua with Knight between December 2011 and November 2012[1] in which Knight details how it all came about as well as how it all fell apart.


  • Marion "Suge" Knight Jr.
  • Marion "Suge" Knight Sr., Suge's father
  • Maxine Knight, Suge's mother
  • Costello Knight, Suge's uncle
  • Thomas Knight, Suge's uncle


The film aired on Showtime at 8:30 p.m. on December 21, 2018,[1] just months after Knight pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in a 2015 hit-and-run case and was sentenced to 28 years in prison.[2] It was given a rating of TV-MA.[3]


In his review of the film, Brian Lowry of CNN wrote, "Although Knight isn't always the most reliable narrator, the filmmaker gives him the latitude to tell his tale, describing a world of money, power and violence, while alternating between explaining and lamenting those dynamics." He later summarized, "Fuqua's approach isn't necessarily journalistic, but rather seems designed to let the mogul relate his own story as he experienced it."[1]

In a review for, Paul Thompson wrote, "None of these conversations are particularly revelatory. Knight is given to aphorism and, obviously, to anything that will burnish his own myth." He adds that the film "is not quite hagiography, but it allows its subject the final say (and often the only say) on virtually all the key moments in his personal and professional lives."[4]


  1. ^ a b c CNN, Brian Lowry. "Suge Knight opens up in 'American Dream/American Knightmare'". CNN.
  2. ^ Blistein, Jon; Blistein, Jon (5 December 2018). "Watch Suge Knight Recount Infamous Career in 'American Dream/American Knightmare' Trailer".
  3. ^ "American Dream / American Knightmare - SHOWTIME".
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