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American Cousins (2003)

Two American mafiosi, Gino and Settimo, take refuge in the Glasgow cafe owned by their Scottish/Italian cousin. But cousin Roberto isn't the tough guy they'd expected. His strengths are ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Gino
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Alice
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Roberto
Russell Hunter ...
Nonno
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Settimo
Stevan Rimkus ...
JoJo
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Taras
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Henry
Jake Abraham ...
Vince
Eva Coutts ...
Young Sundae Girl
Alan McQueen ...
Ostap
George McNeilage ...
Andriy
Rab Reilly ...
Mikola
Maureen Carr ...
Woman at Airport
Sean McCardie ...
Boy at Airport
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Two American mafiosi, Gino and Settimo, take refuge in the Glasgow cafe owned by their Scottish/Italian cousin. But cousin Roberto isn't the tough guy they'd expected. His strengths are fish frying and stamp collecting, and he thinks Magnum 45s are a type of ice cream. Gino and Settimo try to repay Roberto's hospitality by chasing off a debt collector who wants his property, but their strong arm tactics alarm him and he realises they aren't the PR consultants they claimed to be Written by Anonymous

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You think you've got family problems.

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28 November 2003 (UK)  »

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Oikogeneia mafiozon  »

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When Gino and Settimo arrive at the airport, the interior is clearly showing Glasgow "Prestwick" airport, however when Roberto leaves the airport in his van with Gino and Settimo he drives across the roundabout which is outside Glasgow International (Abbotsinch) airport which is 35 miles away from Prestwick. See more »

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Tony: This guy's pointin' a gun at me. Hey you, be nice and put the gun away.
Taras: Tell the fat bastard to shut up!
Tony: Who you callin' a fat bastard?
Taras: Shut it!
Tony: Don't yell at me sonny, I'm jet-lagged.
Taras: You want to be drop dead? Huh? Think you can keep your fuckin' mouth shut, huh?
Tony: I think my boys would miss me.
Taras: They'll survive.
Tony: No, not them. Them.
[two dozen thugs with guns come out]
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Written by Claudio Rego and Donatella Rettore
Performed by Donatella Rettore (as Donatella)
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Thoughtful mobster-comedy-drama fusion with independent mentality
20 March 2007 | by (SoFla, UsA) – See all my reviews

A pleasant diversion from the mostly shallow and obnoxious gangster genre, American Cousins is a welcome script for wiseguy scenarios, injecting a surprising amount of tenderness and authenticity into the limited budget release. Taking place mainly in Scotland, the story revolves around two US mafioso's who end up having to stash away in this grey-splattered alternate universe, substituting guns and drugs with fish and chips. It is a charming little niche film that got a moderate amount of low-key critical praise, but will likely find a tough time among American markets. The whole Eurofellas vibe, while quite appealing to anyone looking for different angles to detail these types of characters, will largely go unnoticed by most organized crime fans from an emphasis focusing on the intimate and subtly amusing aspects of these hoodlums journey. Also, the heavy Scottish accents, paired with a somewhat bleak production should all but guarantee the movie need not appeal to the chief demographic it was made for on this side of the pond, which might be a good thing.

While the film may not be a hit for the Sopranos set (despite the extended cameo from Vincent Pastore), the gentle and impressively nuanced talent found in this heartfelt synthesis of writer, director and acting overrides most of the film's shoddy production. In turns funny, heartfelt, and vengeful, potency found within this mild hybrid becomes solidified by the great casting choices exemplified by the understated romanticism of lead Gerald Lepkowski and anchored by an always gruffly adorable Dan Hedaya. Do not let the generic cover art fool you, this is about as indie and subtle the gangster drama has veered.


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