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Take an intimate look into the heart and mind of an American soldier in the riveting urban drama that captivated audiences at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. What would you do if you had just four days to say goodbye to everyone who was importrant to you? Nineteen year old Mike Holland (Nick Cannon) has 96 hours to make peace with his frieds and family and maybe even begin a new relationship on the eve of his deployment to Iraq. Get a glimpse of the emotional battlefield our troops navigate as they leave America's streets to fight in a completely different world. Experience a gripping story that rises above politics and centers on the personal challenges of a tough young man with an uncertain future. It's a facinating film you won't soon forget.

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  • Actors: Nick Cannon, Chi McBride, Jay Hernandez, Matt O'Leary, Melonie Diaz
  • Directors: Neil Abramson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BFBAVU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,329 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Son" on IMDb

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In 2008, the film "AMERICAN SON", directed by Neil Abramson ("Defining Maggie", "Without Air") and screenwriter Eric Schmid submitted their film to the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the "Grand Jury Prize". The film eventually was picked up by MIRAMAX films and now makes its DVD debut.

The film stars Nick Cannon (husband of Mariah Carey and appeared on the show "All That", "Men in Black II" and "Drumline") as Mike Holland, a 19-year-old who wanted to do something with his life but with no money to pay for college, elected to join the US Marines. After completing boot camp, the young soldier is told that his squadron will be sent to Iraq and have a 4-day vacation (96 hours) before leaving.

So, Mike decides to use his 96 hours and go back home to Bakersfield, California. While on the bus, Mike meets Cristina (Melonie Diaz, "Nip/Tuck", "Be Kind Rewind", "Feel the Noise"), a college student who is also returning to Bakersfield to meet with her family. Immediately spending time at the bus, Mike becomes smitten with her and manages to get her phone number.

When Mike arrives home, he is greeted by his good friend Jake (Matt O'Leary, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "Live Free or Die Hard" and the "Spy Kids" films) who is happy to be reunited with his buddies and plan for a night out with friends in celebration of Mike's return home.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Frisina on August 25, 2009
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This movie was one of the most talked about at the Sundance 2008 Film Festival. It's a funny, heart wrenching, realistic depiction of a Marine during his last 72 hour liberty and dealing with the impending reality of actually shipping off to war for the first time. Nick Cannon's performance and his chemistry with sweetheart Melonie Diaz is hot. In time, this movie will sit alongside the classic films depicting our men and women in military service.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Briggs on August 28, 2009
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This movie provides a modern depiction of a soldier's last few days before heading off to war. It is both a love story and a buddy movie with broad appeal. So glad it is finally available on DVD! I caught it on Starz network sometime ago and have been watching the shelves. Cuddles up with someone you love (and get a tissue or two....)
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I know, I know! Nick Cannon, right? It must be bad. But in all honesty, this is like one of those movies you would watch one early morning and end up being amazed by how wrong you were about it. Of course it's not going to be on a "Saving Private Ryan" or "Hurt Locker" rank, but it is definitely one of the best indies I've seen.

So Nick Cannon plays Mike, a confused, lost soul from Bakersfield, CA -- he returns home after his training with some disturbing news about his future, but he chooses not to sully his (last) remaining moments with his family and friends. He discovers the beautiful Cristina (Melonie Diaz) who falls for Mike's wit and fearlessness. Mike also catches up with some of his friends, including his no-good friend Jake (Matt O'Leary) who still manages to flare Mike's temper.

Ultimately, this story is about choices. We all have them. Why do we make stupid decisions? Why do we fall in love? Why, why, why? This movie is not a snore-fest, guys. Seriously, let's see you try to make one better.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Monica E on August 24, 2009
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I saw this film at the 2008 LA Film Festival. I thought it was a great depiction of a soldier going off to Iraq. It was very moving to see how he interacts with his family, friends, and new acquaintances. I was disappointed that this film never made it into theaters, because I thought it would have definately been a successful and popular film. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Tebeau on August 25, 2009
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I first saw this film at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with an enthusiastic crowd, and I highly recommend it.

Nick Cannon gives an honest, top-notch performance as a young soldier during his final four days before shipping out to the Middle East. The acting is excellent, the dialogue is real, the relationships are believable and the direction is tight.
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I gave it 5 stars because it was a very good movie to watch the first time and I wanted to watch it again.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Man VINE VOICE on August 26, 2009
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"American Son," a nominee for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award, spotlights 19-year-old Marine Mike Holland (Nick Cannon) who, after completing basic training at Camp Pendleton, spends a four-day Thanksgiving leave with his family and friends in Bakersfield, California. Mike can't bring himself to tell them what comes next for him: deployment to Iraq for his first tour of duty. As Mike attempts to reconnect with his Mom (April Grace), stepfather (Tom Sizemore), and sister (Erica Gluck), and say goodbye to his troubled best friend, Jake (Matt O'Leary), before shipping out, he becomes distracted by the uncertain future he faces. Instead of spending time with his disintegrating family or the lifelong friend he will leave behind, all he can think about is seeing Cristina (Melonie Diaz), a young woman he casually flirted with on the bus into town.
"American Son" shows the conflict young people face as they undertake a mission they know will present daily life-or-death situations. It's about taking stock of what is really important and acting on it, rather than sticking with an unfulfilling status quo. Cannon is very good as Mike and we sympathize with him having to make decisions without enough time to think them through completely. We know what Mike will be facing overseas. Though there are no tanks, mortars, and roadside bombs, the war is already taking its toll. Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes featurette, audio commentary with director Neil Abramson, and deleted scenes.
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