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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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America has London's soul, now 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

Shot in thirty-eight days. 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 »

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Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

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Drink 'Til The Party's Over
Written by David Arnold
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Effective, decent action thriller
22 July 2009 | by davideo-2See 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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