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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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Danny Cannon
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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

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

Soundtracks

Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury
(remix by Joe Nicolo)
Written by M. Franti
Performed by Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
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great photography
6 March 2002 | by flexedinertiaSee all my reviews

I am a tad biased here when writing regarding this film, because I live in London myself.

I thought that TYA lacked a little in as far as character depth, but never the less I thought the acting was slick and to the point. The photography in this flick really captures parts of London that are rarely seen on film. The underground. The rave at the beginning. The market seen where christian is collecting his wages are so familiar. Keitel again was very good. I especially liked the way he acted around the London police - cool, calm with lack of visual emotion. I guess that at present TYA is quite ironic in some ways as london police are using NY methods to battle crime.

I liked this film alot, and would give it an eight out of ten based on photography, soundtrack and a cool storyline,


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