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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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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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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 Delany .... stand-by stagehand (as Frank Delaney)
Andy Evans .... construction manager
Ian Green .... chargehand
Michael Gunner .... painter
Robin Heinson .... painter
Jonathan Hurst .... props
Jon Jones .... assistant art director
Tom Martin .... carpenter (as Thomas Martin)
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
Location Management
Terry Blyther .... location manager
Marilla Elliott .... location manager (as Marilla Elliot)
Scott Rowlatt .... assistant location manager
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
John Clements .... stand-in
Justin Davies .... production runner
Paul Fennelly .... assistant accountant
Andrea M. Franden .... publicist
Jane Frazer .... head of production: Working Title
Michael Garland .... production accountant
Billy Hinshelwood .... legal services provided by
Dawanna Kimble .... production assistant
Tony Robinson .... armorer
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 | USA:103 min
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During one of the club scenes, a remix of Nine Inch Nails' "Gave Up" is playing. This version has never been released officially or unofficially and the only know fragment can be heard in this movie. It appears to be an alteration of the remix found on NIN's EP "Fixed."See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A fine debut for Danny Cannon - but what happened . . . ?, 12 August 2005
Author: pagangod from United Kingdom

There's a couple of stories (possibly apocryphal) about how Cannon's career was launched, one story is that respected film Director Alan Parker, saw a short film he made on a BBC amateur film-making programme and, impressed with what he saw, immediately phoned the BBC so he could get in touch with Cannon - which he apparently did, Parker then supposedly recommended him to a prestigious film school...

The other story is that Danny Cannon's father is a top studio executive and that nepotism was the way he started.

Either way, Cannon's debut film was an interesting little movie with big aspirations - at the time British films tended to be almost always socio-political, so-called worthy films, usually about the social underclass - remember this was 1993 and just before Richard Curtis invented the Britsh Rom-Com...

What the film lacks in terms of story (Cannon was Co-Writer) it makes up for in sheer film-making skill - The Young Americans is a beautiful-looking movie.

It's a film that belies it's VERY low-budget, and looks like a much more expensive piece.

Danny Cannon displays an almost Ridley Scott like style in the care he takes with the look of the film, and the careful, unhurried pacing, he is aided in his efforts by excellent Anamorphic 2.35:1 photography from D.P. Vernon Layton - giving The Young Americans a rich, almost sumptuous look, for what, on the surface, is a gritty urban crime thriller.

A special mention should be made for Composer David Arnold and his beautiful, almost tragic Music Score - of course he went on to bigger things: Stargate, Independence Day, the Bond movies - Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, plus Zoolander, Changing Lanes, The Stepford Wives and the upcoming Ghost Rider, and another Bond - Casino Royale.

Personally, I thought Danny Cannon's career might have amounted to something more substantial that just 3 feature films.

These films include the badly mis-judged(!) Stallone vehicle Judge Dredd and the horror sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer - not sure how the latter film fared at the box-office (though I suspect not good!)

I DO know that Judge Dredd was a BIG financial and critical failure - Cannon got the film right after The Young Americans, tiny budget to mega budget - could this be a case of Cannon running before he could walk?

Of course Danny Cannon has found considerable success as an Executive/Supervising Producer, occasional Writer and sometimes Director on the 3 hit CSI TV series from Jerry Bruckhiemer - this in itself is no mean feat, but I do feel Cannon's potential as a Director of Feature Films has gone largely untapped and that he could have made a more substantial career if he'd stayed in Movies.

Hear he's got a Soccer movie in the works, let's hopes that this is a return to features for an underrated and talented Director.


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