1992, 113 min
Run Clip

Jeff Bridges & Lucinda Jenny
Seattle, 1992
John Boylan - Janitor
Jeff Bridges - Jack Kelson
Edward Furlong - Nick Kelson
Greg Sevigny - Young Jack
Jayne Entwistle - Monique
Willie Williams - The Gospel Fireballs
Roosevelt Franklin - The Gospel Fireballs
Melvyn Hayward - Normandy
Don Harvey - Rainey
Kit McDonough - Landlady
Wren Walker - Lisa
Cristine McMurdo-Wallis - School Administrator
Lucinda Jenney - Charlotte
Charlotte London - Flo
Loyd Catlett - Vernon the Bartender
Richard Joffray - Taxi Dispatcher Voice
Christian Frizzell - Rollie
Tracey Kapisky - Molly
Benjamin Hinkle - Roy
Jared Hinkle - Roy
Shareen Mitchell - Diane
Franciso Arenas - Moose
Marcus Chong - Terry Cosmos
Michelle Matlock - Bandit
Margaret Welsh - Freddie (as Maggie Welsh)
Sam Strange - Stony
Mark Namer - Pool Bar Guy
Barbara Irvin - Nicole
Burke Pearson - Jack's Bum
Apollo Dukakis - Steve
Laura Bobovski - Girl in Food Bank
John DeLay - Building Supervisor
Gary Lee Dansenburg - Suburban Son
Todd Jamieson - Suburban Father
Jeff Bridges, Eddy Furlong & Lucinda Jenney.
Seattle, 1992
Directed by
Martin Bell

Story by
Peter Silverman, Martin Bell & Mary Ellen Mark

Screeplay by
Peter Silverman

Produced by

Jeff Bridges - producer
Cary Brokaw - executive producer
Rosilyn Heller - producer
Neil Koenigsberg - producer
Mary Ellen Mark - associate producer
Nancy Rae Stone - associate producer

Original Music by
James Newton Howard

Cinematography by
James R. Bagdonas

Film Editing by
Nancy Baker

Casting by
Cecily Adams

Production Design by
Joel Schiller

Set Decoration by
Rondi Tucker
Costume Design by
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor

Makeup Departments
Steven Fitzpatrick - assistant hair stylist
Steven Fitzpatrick - assistant makeup artist
Bob Haaves - tattoo designer: Jack
Kathy C. King - assistant hair stylist (as Kathy Carroll Crouse)
Kathy C. King - assistant makeup artist (as Kathy Carroll Crouse)
Gina Monaci - hair stylist
Gina Monaci - makeup artist

Production Management
Robert V. Girolami - production manager: Vermont
Leslie A. Leitner - post-production supervisor (as Leslie Leitner)
Nancy Rae Stone - production manager
Kathryn Riccio - assistant production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony F. Esposi - second assistant director: Vermont
Robert V. Girolami - first assistant director: Vermont
Richard Hawley - first assistant director
Randall LaFollette - second second assistant director
Timothy J. Lonsdale - second assistant director

Art Dpartment
Dave Barnes - carpenter
Keith Bergman - construction foreman
Steven E. Eyrse - lead scenic artist (as Steve E. Eyrse)
Richard Joffray - property master
Alexander Lamb - set painter/carpenter
Kim Larsen-Santini - assistant property master (as Kim Larsen)
David Lenz -lead carpenter
Robert A. Maisto - construction coordinator
Sharon Manolopoulos - art department intern
Drew Pinniger - on-set dresser
David Saltzman - leadman (as Dave Saltzman)
Grant Samson - swing (as Grant D. Samson)
Crista Schneider -assistant set decorator
Kirk Thompson - carpenter
Bob Warner - scenic artist (as Robert Warner)
Frederic C. Weiler - location designer: Vermont

Sound Department
Robert J. Anderson Jr. - sound mixer (as Robert Anderson)
Kevin Bartnof - foley artist
Bob Beemer - sound re-recording mixer
Joseph A. Brennan - stage engineer (as Joe Brennan)
Adam Buckner - boom operator
Blake R. Cornett - assistant sound editor (as Blake Cornett)
Robert Deschaine - adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
John Edwards-Younger - sound effects editor
Alison Fisher - dialogue editor
Bryan Fowler - machine operator (as Brian Fowler)
Dennis Fuller - boom operator (as Dennis Robert Fuller)
Marilyn Graf - foley recordist
Hilda Hodges - foley artist
David Jobe - adr recordist
Nicholas Vincent Korda - adr editor (as Nick Korda)
Mark 'Frito' Long - sound recordist
Christian P. Minkler - machine operator (as Chris Minkler)
Michael Minkler - sound re-recording mixer
Howard Neiman - sound effects editor
Lauren Palmer - dialogue editor
Nancy Richardson - foley editor
Dave Sakai - assistant sound editor
Steve F.B. Smith - stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Hamilton Sterling - supervising sound editor
Carolyn Tapp - foley mixer
John Joseph Thomas - sound effects editor
Shade Rupe - cable person (uncredited)
Hugo Weng - dialogue editor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Baird - video assist operator
Bill Barcroft - best boy grip
Lloyd Barcroft - key grip
Pat Blymyer - gaffer
Eric Budlong - grip
Kris Conde - second assistant camera (as Kris A. Conde)
Tom Connole - camera operator
Bob Fillis - best boy electric
Steve Fugikawa - assistant still photographer
John M. Hennessy - dolly grip
Colin Kell - electrician (as Colin R. Kell)
Rocky Kenworthy - assistant still photographer
Donald E. Lange - electrician
Mary Ellen Mark - still photographer
Marco Nicholas Miller - camera intern
Greg Moring - grip
Camera and Electrical Department (Cont)
Greg Moring - grip
Don Mosley - electrician (as Donald Ray Mosley)
Marvin C. Newton - grip intern (as Marvin Newton)
Peter Riches  still photographer
Troy Smith - Steadicam operator
Rick Tiedeman - Steadicam operator
Rick Tschudin - first assistant camera
Mitchell J. Wood - video playback operator
Eric Thomas - grip (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Ray Brown - special effects
Mark McDaniel - additional special effects (as Marc McDaniel)
Bob Riggs - special effects
Terry Shattuck - special effects
Joel Youngerman - special effects

Loyd Catlett - precision stunt driver
Gilbert B. Combs - stunt coordinator (as Gil Combs)
Chris Howell - stunt coordinator

Casting Department

Amy Caton-Ford - extras casting
Robert Green - extras casting assistant
Barbara Harris - adr voice casting
Alison Roth - casting: Seattle
Jodi Rothfield - casting: Seattle
Jessica Wilson - casting assistant: Seattle

Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen McKenzie - seamstress (as Kathleen 'Arias' McKenzie)
Allegra Moody - wardrobe assistant
Vanessa Vogel - wardrobe supervisor

Editorial Department
Sharyl Allensworth - post-production intern
Rick Downey - negative cutter
John Hendrickson - editing intern (as John Hendricson)
Julie Jones - editing intern
David Kolenda - editing intern
George Langworthy - second assistant editor
José Luis Manjon - editing intern
Christine Mantey - editing intern
Mike Mertens - color timer (as Michael Mertens)
Jean Marie Offenbacher - first assistant editor
Rob Penque - editing intern
Gavin Tatro - editing intern

Music Department
Peter Afterman - music supervisor
Sally Boldt - music editor
Marc Bonilla - musician: solo guitar
Orion Crawford - music copyist
Sandy DeCrescent - orchestra contractor
Michael Mason - scoring coordinator
Robert Schaper - score mixer

Transportation Department
George Evans- transportation captain
Tom Featherstone - driver
Jimmy Jones - driver (as James Jones)
Joel McCarthy - driver
Jon McCarthy - transportation coordinator
Sharon McCarthy - driver
Fred Mirante - driver
Mike Sassen - driver (as Michael Sassen)
Leo Schaible - driver
Robert Sullivan - driver (as Bob Sullivan)
Gene Ungersma - driver
Don Weaver - driver
Rick Wiley - driver: camera car

Other crew
Robert C. Albertell - production assistant: Vermont
John Anderson- location assistant
Brett Aronowitz - coordinator: Los Angeles
Eva Banhidi - script supervisor
Adam Berman - production assistant
Murphy Birdsall - assistant: Martin Bell
Laura Bobovski - stand-in: Mr. Furlong
Adam Buckner - production assistant (as Adam Dean Buckner)
Edward Bunker - technical advisor
Renee Burke - stills intern (as Renée Foley Burke)
Kristin Capp - location scout
Rick Clark - production assistant: Vermont
Katie Curran - production coordinator: Vermont
Betsy Danbury - production accountant
Kate Driver - production assistant
Jerry Esterly - technical advisor
Roger D. Faires - location scout (as Roger Faires)
Pablo Ferro - title designer
Judy Geletko - additional accounting services
Andrew Grob - location scout (as Andrew Hirodo Grob)
Sheri Halfon- financial representative: Avenue
Elizabeth Hawman - production assistant
Kelly Householder - production assistant
Pat Hutchinson - publicist
Michael Kennedy - assistant: Rosilyn Heller and Jeff Bridges
Dani Knight - assistant: Cary Brokaw
Martin L. Koleber - set medic
Alisoun F. Lamb - production coordinator
Michael Leon - location manager
Claudia Lewis - production executive
Lydia Lipatan-Sarmiento - assistant accountant
Jill Maxcy - production assistant
David S. McDonald - assistant production coordinator
Sherry McManus - studio teacher
Tatia Nichols - accounting assistant
Kim Ritz - production assistant (as Kimber Lee Ritz)
Emily Seltzer - production intern
Bob Skolnick - caterer: Proud Chef
Linda Skolnick - caterer: Proud Chef
Lori Trochim - production assistant
Catherine Webb - post-production accountant
Keith M. Wegner - craft service (as Keith Wegner)
Kristen Wolters - assistant: Niel Koenigsberg
Jim Beaver - audition reader (uncredited)
Guy Killum - adr voice (uncredited)

Jonathan Weisgal - special thanks
New York Times Review/Film; Father and Son Find Each Other Again


Published: May 14, 1993

When Martin Bell made Streetwise, his highly praised documentary about teenage vagrants living by their wits on the streets of Seattle, he conjured up a world of clever scams and survival strategies that seemed almost too good to be true. "American Heart," Mr. Bell's fictional film that unfolds in a similarly colorful setting, has remarkable verisimilitude and much of the same gritty, honest spirit.

It would be hard to believe some of the events described here if they did not correspond so closely to the earlier film's observations, and if they did not also seem so utterly right. This tough, audacious film maker eloquently captures both the bitterness and the promise of his characters' lives.

"American Heart," a wrenching, beautifully acted tale of love and redemption, stars Jeff Bridges as a newly released ex-convict who is cornered by the teen-age son he virtually abandoned. Their reunion is given added poignancy by an opening montage of family snapshots in chronological order. (more)

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