American Heart (film)

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American Heart
American Heart poster.jpg
Directed byMartin Bell
Produced byJeff Bridges
Rosilyn Heller
Screenplay byPeter Silverman
Martin Bell
Mary Ellen Mark
Music byJames Newton Howard
CinematographyJames R. Bagdonas
Edited byNancy Baker
Triton Pictures
Release date
May 7, 1993
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States

American Heart is a 1993 film by Martin Bell, starring Edward Furlong and Jeff Bridges.[1] 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.

Production & Inspiration[edit]

American Heart was filmed in Seattle from August 1991 to October 1991. Elements of the screenplay for American Heart was based on material originally covered in the documentary film Streetwise, such as the relationship between Dewayne and his father from Streetwise.[2][3]


  1. ^ "American Heart". The New York Times. 1993.
  2. ^ Hartl, John (May 6, 1993). "Jeff Bridges' New Movie "American Heart" Had Its Origins On Seattle Streets — Seattle Root". Seattle Times. Seattle, Washington. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "Tiny and Stacey, Seattle, from 'American Heart'". Akron Art Museum. 1991. Retrieved November 3, 2014.

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