American Made

American Made (2017)

12 mistakes

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Factual error: Barry Seal is taken with the guys of the drug-kartel in a yellow helicopter. There is an internet address on the side of the helicopter, half covered by the door, entirely inappropriate for the timeframe of the early 80's. (00:17:20)

Factual error: In the beginning of the movie there are shots that appear to be historical of the 70's era. One shot contains several Boeing 737's lined up. These are however winglet-equipped, modern types that only have existed from the mid 2000's.

Factual error: When Cruise is walking away from the TWA airplane, the aircraft he is walking away from is an A-320. TWA never flew A-320s nor were they even flying yet when this story takes place. Further, the cockpit is of a 737-100/200/300 classic.

Factual error: When Berry is being chased by a Customs aircraft, it states Customs and Border Protection on the side of the Customs aircraft. Customs and Border Protection was not created until 2003.

Character mistake: On the map Barry writes Nicaragua and then crosses it out and says, "No, that's El Salvador." It's actually Honduras. (00:31:35)

Continuity mistake: In the first scene, Barry's co-pilot has 3 bars (First Officer) while on the ground and 4 bars (Captain) while in the air.


Factual error: As Barry and his wife are inspecting their new home in Arkansas, his CIA handler pulls up in a Chevrolet Celebrity with halogen headlights. This is supposedly 1980 - the Celebrity didn't debut until 1982, and had sealed beam headlights until the 1987 model year.

Factual error: The US Customs Service aircraft that intercepts Barry Seal's plane has a US Customs seal on its side. Barry Seal operated in the early to mid 1980s. The Customs Service seal on the aircraft didn't come into use until after 1998. Also, the Customs aircraft identifies its self as the Border Patrol, which was a completely different agency during that time. (01:06:00)


Factual error: In the diner scene, if you look out the window, you see a Publix supermarket with the current logo rather than the logo from the 1970's. And there were no Publix locations in Texas then (and still aren't). The light fixtures out in the parking lot are also not period. (00:12:45)


Factual error: After being arrested, the brother-in-law tells Barry that it will be his 3rd strike and he will spend the rest of his life in jail. First 3rd Strike Law wasn't enacted until 1993.

Continuity mistake: Barry makes love with his wife inside the plane. In the close-up she has a red strap covering her face, which disappears in the wide angle.

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Continuity mistake: The first time Barry flies coke, an air traffic controller takes a cigarette to his lips. When the angle changes it's in his fingers.

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Barry Seal: The problem isn't the room. It's weight.

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