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The Young Americans (1993)

R | | Crime, Drama | 8 October 1993 (UK)
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
Christian O'Neill
Carl Frazer
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 <seaman@sbbs.se>

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London Is Not Only Losing Her Soul To The Americans, She's Selling It. See more »


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Release Date:

8 October 1993 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Young Americans  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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A powerful dark drama with millieu and mood first and story second.
10 December 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

There's hardly a smile to be found in this dark, brooding, oppressively heavy drama which tells of an American DEA agent (Keitel) who comes to London to assist in the capture of a drug trafficker as the UK bends under the strain of a virulent drug trade. The camera spends most of the time examining the bleak, grim, and sad expressions of police, innocents, and others caught up in the drug war leaving the plot muddled and somewhat buried in its attempt to show that where drugs are involved there are no winners. A powerfully compelling drama for those who can appreciate the reality of the lose-lose nature of crime.

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