The Young Americans (1993)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  8 October 1993 (UK)
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Experienced N.Y. police detective John Harris is sent to London to help a local task force investigate a series of gangster killings organized by a new player in town - an American. Harris uses a teen wronged by gangsters to get to him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Harris
Edward Foster
Richard Donnelly
Terence Rigby ...
Sidney Callow
Jack Doyle
Craig Kelly ...
Christian O'Neill
Carl Frazer
Dave Duffy ...
Louis Carnegie
Geoffrey McGivern ...
Brian Carver
Nigel Clauzel ...
Lionel Stevens
Huggy Leaver ...
Mark Byrne
Gary Washington
Billy Cohen (as Chris Adamson)
James Duggan ...
Dermot O'Neill


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 <>

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Release Date:

8 October 1993 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Young Americans  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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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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