American Reel

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American Reel
Directed by Mark Archer
Produced by Mark Archer
Scott Fivelson
Darrell Griffin
Jordan Rush
Written by Junior Burke
Scott Fivelson
Starring David Carradine
Michael Maloney
Mariel Hemingway
Music by Thom Bishop
Cinematography Tony Hettinger
Edited by George Kelly Jr.
Distributed by Liberation Entertainment
Release date
  • November 4, 2003 (2003-11-04) (DVD)
Running time
100 min.
Country US
Language English

American Reel is a 1999 drama film directed by Mark Archer and starring David Carradine, Michael Maloney, and Mariel Hemingway. The film is set in Chicago, Illinois, though primary filming locations included Fort Wayne, Indiana, Waterloo, Indiana, and Hicksville, Ohio.


Country singer James Lee Springer (Carradine) has just become an overnight sensation—after 20 years of trying to make it by playing every honky-tonk west (and east) of the Big Muddy. But after so many years of waiting and hoping, the only question is whether it's all worth it.[1]



The DVD of the film contains interviews with the cast, and a behind the scenes gallery of photos.

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