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Harvey Keitel ... John Harris

Iain Glen ... Edward Foster

John Wood ... Richard Donnelly
Terence Rigby ... Sidney Callow

Keith Allen ... Jack Doyle
Craig Kelly ... Christian O'Neill

Thandie Newton ... Rachael Stevens

Viggo Mortensen ... Carl Frazer
Dave Duffy ... Louis Carnegie
Geoffrey McGivern ... Brian Carver
Nigel Clauzel ... Lionel Stevens
Huggy Leaver ... Mark Byrne

Dig Wayne ... Gary Washington

Christopher Adamson ... Billy Cohen (as Chris Adamson)
James Duggan ... Dermot O'Neill
Anna Keaveney ... Katie Arnold
John Forgeham ... Detective Gray
Clifford Predgen ... Detective Clark
David Doyle ... Robert Dean
Norman Roberts ... Dwayne Henry
Femi Akinyeni ... Young American
John Brobbey ... Young American
Miles Petit ... Young American
Karina Cryer ... Party Prostitute
Nick Burnell ... Frank Pierce
Phil Lonagan ... Pierce's Bodyguard
Toni Palmer ... Pierce's Widow
Joan Hooley ... Lionel's Mother
Adrian Lucas ... Doctor
Rachel Teasdale ... Nurse #1
Samantha Lambley ... Nurse #2
Steve Aston ... Inspector
Fleur Taylor ... Junkie
Daniel Kruyer ... Pat
Jean Elton ... Market Prostitute
Zoe Anastasis ... Rachael's Friend
Diana Lee Barra ... Rachael's Friend
Jo Hildon ... Rachael's Friend
George Arnold ... Wedding Band
Leslie Arnold ... Wedding Band
David Arnold ... Wedding Band
Paul Cullen ... Wedding Band
Kieran Skinner ... Wedding Band
Ferrelyn Wilson-Apperson ... Mayfair Party
Julie Lewis ... Mayfair Party
Joanna Green ... Mayfair Party
Eva Bjertnes ... Mayfair Party
John Sandford ... Mayfair Party

Matthew Marsden ... Mayfair Party
Darren Kandler ... Mayfair Party
Michael Cullen ... Mayfair Party
Damian Busby ... Mayfair Party
Andrew Martin ... Mayfair Party
Linda Hassani ... Sam Harris

Directed by
Danny Cannon 
Writing credits
Danny Cannon (writer) &
David Hilton (writer)

Produced by
Andrea M. Franden .... associate producer
Richard N. Gladstein .... executive producer
Philippe Maigret .... executive producer
Alison Owen .... producer
Paul Trijbits .... producer
Ronna B. Wallace .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Arnold 
Cinematography by
Vernon Layton 
Film Editing by
Alex Mackie 
Casting by
Sheila Trezise 
Production Design by
Laurence Dorman 
Art Direction by
Neil Lamont 
Costume Design by
Howard Burden 
Makeup Department
Harriet Barnett .... assistant hair stylist
Harriet Barnett .... assistant makeup artist
Fae Hammond .... hair & make-up designer
Fae Hammond .... makeup artist
Belinda Parish .... chief hair stylist (as Bindy Parrish)
Belinda Parish .... chief makeup artist (as Bindy Parrish)
Production Management
Nicky Kentish Barnes .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcus Catlin .... second assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... first assistant director
Matthew Sharp .... third assistant director
Art Department
Mark Allett .... stand-by props
Michael Biesty .... carpenter
Steve Bohan .... painter
Hugo Brackenbury .... dressing props
Bill Brown .... painter
Ron Burkett .... chargehand
Roy Cannon .... set dresser
Penny Crawford .... props buyer
Frank Delaney .... stand-by stagehand
Andy Evans .... construction manager
Ian Green .... chargehand
Michael Gunner .... painter
Robin Heinson .... painter
Jonathan Hurst .... props
Jon Jones .... assistant art director
Thomas Martin .... carpenter
Thomas McCarthy .... carpenter (as Tom McCarthy)
Wesley Peppiatt .... stand-by props
David Pierce .... stand-by carpenter
Alfred Pulis .... painter
Natalie Spencer .... art department assistant
Ty Teiger .... property master
Stuart Williams .... carpenter
Sound Department
Jack Armstrong .... boom operator
Michael Feinberg .... foley editor
Victor Garrick .... sound trainee
Victor Garrick .... sound
Diane Greaves .... foley artist (as Dianne Greaves)
Leonard Green .... assistant sound editor
Paul Hamblin .... dubbing mixer
Danny Hambrook .... sound editor
Eddy Joseph .... supervising sound editor
Clive Pendry .... assistant dubbing mixer
Trevor Rutherford .... sound mixer: second unit
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Budge Tremlett .... adr editor
Clive Winter .... sound recordist
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mark Fleming .... special effects crew
John Fontana .... special effects crew
Tom Harris .... special effects supervisor
Paul Kelly .... special effects crew
Will Kinder .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Janek Sirrs .... digital artist
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC (uncredited)
Terry Forrestal .... stunt coordinator
Terry Forrestal .... stunts
Phil Lonergan .... stunts
Wayne Michaels .... stunts
Tip Tipping .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Ashley-Johnson .... grip
David Budd .... focus puller
Danny Cannon .... second assistant camera
Adrian Dann .... assistant camera
Kevin Edland .... electrician
Gavin Finney .... camera operator
Stephane Gripari .... still photographer
Finn Hardaker .... trainee electrician
Jerry Higgins .... rigger
Ossie Jung .... gaffer
Jonathan Lambert .... focus puller
Gary Owen .... electrician
Chris Polden .... generator operator
Tony Rubini .... stand-by rigger
Andy Shuttleworth .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Louis DiGiaimo .... casting: US (as Lou Di Giamo)
Katy Whiteley .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melinda Eshelman .... wardrobe supervisor: US (as Mindy Eshelman)
Verity Hawkes .... wardrobe mistress
Jo Richard .... wardrobe assistant
Jill Shaw .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Victoria Boydell .... second assistant editor
Richard Broome .... trainee assistant editor
Martyn Robinson .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Sharon Boyle .... music supervisor
Nicholas Dodd .... orchestrator
Mike Ross-Trevor .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Roy A. Grace .... driver
Chris Streeter .... transportation captain
Other crew
Muriel Abehsera .... assistant to producer
Erica Bensly .... production coordinator
Terry Blyther .... location manager
John Clements .... stand-in
Justin Davies .... production runner
Marilla Elliott .... location manager (as Marilla Elliot)
Paul Fennelly .... assistant accountant
Andrea M. Franden .... publicist
Jane Frazer .... head of production: Working Title
Michael Garland .... production accountant
Dawanna Kimble .... production assistant
Tony Robinson .... armorer
Scott Rowlatt .... assistant location manager
William J. Turner .... assistant to director
Sheila Wilson .... script supervisor
Ante Novakovic .... assistant: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)

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Brazil:104 min | UK:103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Shot in 38 days.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995)See more »
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Old Man Keitel tell the Youth of Britain a good, knee-slapping story, 17 December 2009
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

Films, no matter low-budget, high-budget, no-budget need to have one essential element to ensure that the time dedicated to the characters, emotions, and themes is not futile. That, singular strong moment, has to be story. Whether it is a horror film, a sci-fi film, or even a Bergman avant-garde film, there needs to be at least a small strain of story carrying the viewer from point A to point B, if that is missing – the entire structure of the film will collapse. Characters you can ignore, emotion can be faked, and the themes can be murky, but without that central story – your film will ultimately be found in the dollar bin at the nearest retail chop shop. Despite Harvey Keitel, Viggo Mortensen, Thandie Newton, and a slew of British accents – that is why "The Young Americans" failed. Absolutely it was a dark crime noir, a family retribution, and a love story, but the story in "The Young Americans" was so weak, that getting to the different point, the different scenes, felt rushed, unfamiliar, and murky. This jumbled, muddled mess of a film boasts cheapness from every angle, but due to the missing story – "The Young Americans" fails to be anything more than a random Harvey Keitel stumble at the store, or a cheap recommendation because you rented "Reservoir Dogs".

With the sound of raves in the background, the viewer is pulled right into the youth of Britain circa mid-90s. Dance parties, gangs, and late nights plague the screen as groups of genuine unknowns get killed in the night. This should have been an indication of what the remainder of the film would be like, but I trudged onward – and definitely not upward. After the brutal killings, we are swooped into the world of Harvey Keitel, or anti-antagonist (seemingly blending together every cop cliché/genre) John Harris. Brought in to help with a murder, we soon learn that there is a secondary motive in play – something that has to do with a very young, an extremely overacted, Viggo Mortensen. As we jump from one frame to another, one initial drawback are the dark, character building scenes … literally, there is the concept of symbolic lighting to set the tone … but director Danny Cannon used so much darkness some scenes are blank on the screen. Missing more than a fourth of the film, we are forced to follow an unknown path between Keitel, Mortensen, love-interest Thandie Newton, and relative newbie Craig Kelly. It is his story that transfers the power from Keitel, but is equally as unappetizing. After the death of a family member, Kelly's Christian decides to turn against the crew that did it, becoming a powerful tool for Keitel, but the whos, whats, wheres, whens, and whys are never answered – still giving us nothing but quick scenes, literally teleporting us from point A to point B, without reason or consequence.

As mentioned, the story is the ultimate failure of the film. There were actions made by our characters that did not seem to fit within the realm that Danny Cannon had created, but he continued to push through. Nothing was answered, situations were randomly created, and why was Viggo Mortensen's character so underdeveloped, yet so vital to the story? Who knows. That question became the downtrodden central theme to this film, and a reason why "The Young Americans" will never see success. With our story a clustered mess, how did the rest fair beneath the control of Cannon? Not surprisingly, the British were believable and grounded. The minor characters, perhaps outside of Craig Kelly, felt like real police and the setting (due to extensive British TV watching) felt like Britain 1993, but the influx of the American presence just ruined the rest. Keitel could have been Steven Seagul or JCVD, he was not cunning, nothing brilliant, just an American cop-dislocated and fighting against the shadow of a drug dealer. The entire subplot with his ex-wife was nothing short of embarrassing. Used to build his character, it just felt more like a cheap trick instead of honest emotion. The same can be said with Viggo Mortensen, who with choppy editing by Danny Cannon, never quite developed past the notion of "creepy guy". With a voice that sounded like a Lynch character, an unknown occupation, and a purpose to be in Britain (let's not forget his peculiarity towards young men), Mortensen felt more like a placemat than a villain. On the other side of this film, Newton read her lines well, and Craig Kelly attempted to work around Cannon and David Hilton's catastrophe of a script. It was obvious the actors were found, the script was heavily edited, and the final product was a rushed pile of poorly constructed LEGOs. One flick of your finger, it will all go crumbling down.

Overall, in case it hasn't been noticed, this was an abomination of a film. From the darkly lit scenes (you have to watch to believe how dark this film was), to the atrocious acting, to the story that went nowhere but somehow ended up at the final credits, "The Young Americans" was a direct to video release for a reason. Shot in 38 days, this film felt rushed and incomplete. Mortensen's character is the one I struggle with the most, as the ending leads us to believe that this was supposed to be a different film than the one we began or watched. There were too many wild-cards (see Jack Doyle) that muddled the main story. It is a murky mess that is easily forgotten and should be avoided. Danny Cannon may have given us "CSI" and "Judge Dredd", but this is an incompetent film that will appeal to nobody and fails miserably.

Grade: * out of *****

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