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The Young Americans (1993)

R | | Crime, Drama | 8 October 1993 (UK)
Experienced New York 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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Geoffrey McGivern ... Brian Carver
Nigel Clauzel Nigel Clauzel ... Lionel Stevens
Huggy Leaver Huggy Leaver ... Mark Byrne
Dig Wayne ... Gary Washington
Christopher Adamson ... Billy Cohen (as Chris Adamson)
James Duggan ... Dermot O'Neill
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Storyline

The London police is having trouble with organized crime commited by juvenile delinquents. Their leader is an American who is an expert at turning young men into ruthless gangsters. American cop John Harris is asked to help the London police to break up the organization. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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London Is Not Only Losing Her Soul To The Americans, She's Selling It. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1993 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Americans See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 known fragments can be heard in this movie. It appears to be an alteration of the remix found on Nine Inch Nails' EP "Fixed". See more »

Goofs

When the Molotov cocktail is thrown through the windshield of the vehicle with the two cops inside, you can easily see, by the way it breaks, that the windshield is not made of safety glass. All vehicle windshields have been made of safety glass for decades. See more »

Connections

Featured in Björk: Play Dead (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

15 Minutes Of Fame
Written by Sheep On Drugs
Performed by Sheep On Drugs
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Don`t Believe The Hype
12 July 2002 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

When THE YOUNG AMERICANS was released it was marketed as a cool , tough British thriller . But after watching it the reality is that it`s average at best and is disappointing in many ways , especially its casting , Harvey Keitel as a tough NY cop , Keith Allen as a violent London gangster , wow get ready for some on screen fireworks ! Or rather don`t because these two characters become sidelined halfway through and Chris O`Neill becomes the film`s focus . In truth THE YOUNG AMERICANS is more of a drama with some subtle political comment about the Americanisation of Britain rather than a tough action thriller as it was marketed


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