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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 overview, first billed only:
... John Harris
... Edward Foster
... Richard Donnelly
... Sidney Callow
... Jack Doyle
... Christian O'Neill
... Rachael Stevens
... Carl Frazer
... Louis Carnegie
Geoffrey McGivern ... Brian Carver
Nigel Clauzel ... Lionel Stevens
Huggy Leaver ... Mark Byrne
... Gary Washington
... Billy Cohen (as Chris Adamson)
... Dermot O'Neill
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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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America has London's soul, now she's selling it! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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8 October 1993 (UK)  »

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Young Americans  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Was one of many films released in the early 1990s that was criticized by the UK Government for glamorizing youth violence. See more »

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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 »

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Referenced in Nobody Does It Better: The Music of James Bond (1997) See more »

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Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury
(remix by Joe Nicolo)
Written by M. Franti
Performed by Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
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Effective, decent action thriller
22 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

With everyone talking about how youth crime and violence has skyrocketed almost to the same level as the States in Britain, this action thriller from over fifteen years ago now looks like a grim prediction from back then, with Harvey Keitel's hardened detective flying over to help stem the drugs/murder problem whilst pursuing a villain he was originally after in the States who he now believes has started to prowl around Europe.

The film manages a consistently gritty, raw atmosphere, fitting in tone with the story it's telling. Keitel is perfectly cast in the lead role, whilst as the villain in an early role Viggo Mortensen shows potential. Unfortunately, a melodramatic, hammy tendency in parts of the script, as well as an unconvincing turn from Keith Allen as a shady club owner, stop it achieving it's full potential. Still, it's a decent enough effort, forgettable but effective while it lasts. ***


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