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Barry Seal at the Movies

Barry Seal



On September 29, 2017, the movie American Made starring Tom Cruise releases in theaters nationwide.  The movie is a biopic about Baton Rouge native Barry Seal, a drug smuggler turned informant for the DEA.  To learn more about Seal’s story, check out two special projects produced by the investigative unit of WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge.






Uncle Sam Wants You (1984)


Uncle Sam Wants You (1984)

WBRZ-TV investigative reporter John Camp explores Barry Seal’s claim that he is the victim of an intensive and unfair investigation in Baton Rouge to prove that he is a drug smuggler.




Murder of a Witness: The Barry Seal Story


The Murder of a Witness (1986)

WBRZ-TV investigative reporter explores the murder of Barry Seal in Baton Rouge.