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My American Cousin (1985)

PG | | Biography, Drama | 7 March 1986 (USA)
Adding an intriguing Canadian twist to a universally appealing story of teenage trials, My American Cousin begins as bored 12-year-old Sandy (Margaret Langrick) is preparing for another ... See full summary »

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Sandy Wilson

Writer:

Sandy Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Langrick Margaret Langrick ... Sandy Wilcox
John Wildman ... Butch Walker
Richard Donat ... Major Wilcox
Jane Mortifee Jane Mortifee ... Kitty Wilcox
T.J. Scott ... Lenny McPhee
Camille Henderson Camille Henderson ... Shirley Darling
Darsi Bailey Darsi Bailey ... Thelma
Allison Hale Allison Hale ... Lizzie
Samantha Jocelyn Samantha Jocelyn ... Sue
Babs Chula ... Dolly Walker
Terrence Moore Terrence Moore ... Al Walker (as Terence Moore)
Brent Severson Brent Severson ... Johnny Wilcox
Brian Hagel Brian Hagel ... Danny Wilcox
Carter Dunham Carter Dunham ... Eddie Wilcox
Julie Nevlud Julie Nevlud ... Ruth Wilcox
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Storyline

Adding an intriguing Canadian twist to a universally appealing story of teenage trials, My American Cousin begins as bored 12-year-old Sandy (Margaret Langrick) is preparing for another long summer of cherry picking when suddenly her older, James Dean-cool cousin Butch (John Wildman) arrives unexpectedly from California in a red Cadillac convertible. Sandy and her pre-teen friends fall madly for Butch's rock 'n' roll swagger, but he's more interested in making time with the local girls and getting in fistfights than in playing chauffeur to Sandy. Both have a lot to learn about life and each other, but united under the strict parental rule of Sandy's dad, they vow to make this summer a truly unforgettable experience. Capturing the restlessness of youth with a fresh and funny perspective, Wilson's genuinely charming period piece is forever reaching for lost innocence as it playfully contrasts Canadian and American attitudes. My American Cousin has remained a consistent favourite for ... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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"He was a charming runaway in a big, fancy car who dazzled me completely..."

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az amerikai rokon See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Alphacine)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

At the Dominion Day Dance, set in 1959, the band plays the Drifters' hit "Save The Last Dance For Me", even though this song wasn't initially released until August, 1960. See more »

Quotes

Sandy Wilcox: Dear diary... nothing ever happens.
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Connections

Followed by American Boyfriends (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Some Enchanted Evening
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Arranged by Bill Skolnik
Performed by Jane Mortifee
Published by Chappell
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Sweet and humorous
5 June 2004 | by johnjohnson68510See all my reviews

I saw this movie in 1988 because Gene Siskel said that Hollywood needed to make movies like this. (the other title he mentioned was Sweet Lorraine). I saw it with my wife while we were dating, and just saw it again, 16 years later. I liked it as much this time as before, although my emotions are filtered through some nostalgia for our dating.

But since dating and nostalgia are what the movie is about, it fits in well.

Funny story of an American boy, about 16, who's run away from home and struggling to be cool amongst Canadians in a a small British Columbia town, circa 1959. The lead character, his Canadian cousin, who is almost 13, is perfectly acted by Margaret Langrick, capturing the angst and adventure of puberty. She has a crush on her cousin, as do all the other girls.

It is a little campy, but doesn't have the ironic detachment of most camp. There's loads of irony here, and tons of humor, but there is a lot of affection (and attachment)for the characters that made it, for me, touching.

Our five children liked it, too.


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