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The Young Americans -- Harvey Keitel is John Harris, a Drug Enforcement Agent on the trail fo Carl Frazer (Vigo Mortensen).


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8 October 1993 (UK) See more »
London Is Not Only Losing Her Soul To The Americans, She's Selling It. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Basic but good direction from Cannon and good performances from many of the cast See more (20 total) »


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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)
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (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
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Was one of many films released in the early 90's that was criticized by the UK Government for glamorizing youth violence.See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Basic but good direction from Cannon and good performances from many of the cast, 18 July 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Youth crime and drugs are rife in London. Scotland Yard call in an advisor from the DEA because they believe a new force is in play within the underworld. Harris arrives in London to find nothing different from the LA he just left and begins to make links with Chris who seems to offer the only way into the gangs.

The story may not be anything to write home about, but this film was a good introduction to the ability (if questionable script judgement) of Danny Cannon. The story makes a lot of leaps as Harris tries to shut down the American influence in the drug game. However many subplots are weak or totally incidental and just seem there to make up the time. The main story itself is a little too glossy and is a times just an excuse for Cannon's direction.

Cannon directs well here – London looks good, whether it's the dark alleys or the sun setting over the cityscape. He can't really work well with character but he can do visuals pretty well.

Another reviewer has commented on the `unknown' cast – however there are no more `unknowns' in this than in anything else. Keitel is good despite having the whole family subplot that he clearly doesn't know what to do with and he doesn't do as much with his exploitation of Chris as he could have – but he's always watchable. Kelly is good as the young Chris – but the emotion towards the end is a little beyond him. The rest of the cast is fully of unknowns is it? Thandie Newton? Viggo Mortensen? Keith Allen? A host of faces from British TV and films? All are pretty good although some have more to do than others.

Overall the plot may not be totally together but a good strong lead by Keitel and a good bit of direction by Cannon makes this feel better than it actually is.

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