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My American Cousin (1985)

PG | | Biography, Drama | 7 March 1986 (USA)
Twelve years old Sandy lives with her parents and two younger sisters on an idyllic ranch in Canada. However she's not quite happy: her parents keep on treating her like a child. One night ... See full summary »

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Lenny McPhee
Camille Henderson ...
Shirley Darling
Darsi Bailey ...
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Twelve years old Sandy lives with her parents and two younger sisters on an idyllic ranch in Canada. However she's not quite happy: her parents keep on treating her like a child. One night her cousin Buck from America arrives in a fancy car for a surprise visit. She thinks he's attractive and would like to be close with him, but he considers her too young, too. Only some time later her family learns that Buck ran away from home and took his mother's car. Sandy would like to fly with him further on... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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"He was a charming runaway in a big, fancy car who dazzled me completely..."

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7 March 1986 (USA)  »

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Az amerikai rokon  »

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CAD 1,300,000 (estimated)
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At the Dominion Day Dance, set in 1959, the band plays the Drifters' hit "Save The Last Dance For Me", even though this song wasn't initially released until August, 1960. See more »

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Sandy Wilcox: Dear diary... nothing ever happens.
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References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

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Canadian Sunset
Arranged by Bill Skolnik
Published by Edwin R. Morris and Company
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Sweet and humorous
5 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in 1988 because Gene Siskel said that Hollywood needed to make movies like this. (the other title he mentioned was Sweet Lorraine). I saw it with my wife while we were dating, and just saw it again, 16 years later. I liked it as much this time as before, although my emotions are filtered through some nostalgia for our dating.

But since dating and nostalgia are what the movie is about, it fits in well.

Funny story of an American boy, about 16, who's run away from home and struggling to be cool amongst Canadians in a a small British Columbia town, circa 1959. The lead character, his Canadian cousin, who is almost 13, is perfectly acted by Margaret Langrick, capturing the angst and adventure of puberty. She has a crush on her cousin, as do all the other girls.

It is a little campy, but doesn't have the ironic detachment of most camp. There's loads of irony here, and tons of humor, but there is a lot of affection (and attachment)for the characters that made it, for me, touching.

Our five children liked it, too.


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