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I understand from Marc Savlov’s review – this is in line with the reviews of every other critic I have read – that American Made
is a “sky-high action comedy” and “a whole lot of action-oriented fun” [Film Listings
, Sept. 29]. I’m sure this is a very funny movie. I’m sure that if the dead could speak, the estimated 30,000 people who lost their lives in the Contra-Sandinista war would say it’s a funny, funny movie as would their surviving relatives and friends.
I went to Nicaragua with an organization called Witness for Peace in the middle of the Contras’ war against democratically elected Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista government. I stayed in a house in a small Nicaraguan village with a single mother and her 18-year-old daughter. She also had an 8-year-old son but I never met him because he was in the hospital recovering from shrapnel wounds from a Contra shelling of the village.
I never saw the daughter Ileana outside the house without an automatic weapon strapped to her shoulder. I’m sure that this mother, son and daughter – if still alive – would find this movie absolutely hilarious.
I’m equally sure that the untold numbers of people whose lives were ruined by addiction to cocaine brought to them by the Contras – with or without the help of the CIA – would laugh heartily at this movie. I know I certainly would.
See me laugh.