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The Young Americans (1993)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  8 October 1993 (UK)
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The London police is having trouble with organized crime commited by juvenile delinquents. Their leader is an American who is an expert at turning young men into ruthless gangsters. ... See full summary »

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John Harris
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Edward Foster
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Richard Donnelly
Terence Rigby ...
Sidney Callow
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Jack Doyle
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Christian O'Neill
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Carl Frazer
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Louis Carnegie
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Gary Washington
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Billy Cohen (as Chris Adamson)
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Dermot O'Neill
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The London police is having trouble with organized crime commited by juvenile delinquents. Their leader is an American who is an expert at turning young men into ruthless gangsters. American cop John Harris is asked to help the London police to break up the organization. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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No Honor. No Respect. No Remorse. See more »

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8 October 1993 (UK)  »

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Shot in 38 days. See more »

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Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

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Effective, decent action thriller
22 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

With everyone talking about how youth crime and violence has skyrocketed almost to the same level as the States in Britain, this action thriller from over fifteen years ago now looks like a grim prediction from back then, with Harvey Keitel's hardened detective flying over to help stem the drugs/murder problem whilst pursuing a villain he was originally after in the States who he now believes has started to prowl around Europe.

The film manages a consistently gritty, raw atmosphere, fitting in tone with the story it's telling. Keitel is perfectly cast in the lead role, whilst as the villain in an early role Viggo Mortensen shows potential. Unfortunately, a melodramatic, hammy tendency in parts of the script, as well as an unconvincing turn from Keith Allen as a shady club owner, stop it achieving it's full potential. Still, it's a decent enough effort, forgettable but effective while it lasts. ***


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