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American Cousins [DVD] [2003]


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  • Actors: Danny Nucci, Shirley Henderson, Gerald Lepkowski, Russell Hunter, Dan Hedaya
  • Directors: Don Coutts
  • Writers: Sergio Casci
  • Producers: Amanda Coombes, Amit Barooah, Charlie Savill, Keith Hayley, Margaret Matheson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000296GVQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,984 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Culture-clash British comedy in which two American mafiosi, Gino (Danny Nucci) and Settimo (Dan Hedaya) take refuge in the Glasgow cafe belonging to their Scottish/Italian cousin Roberto. To repay Roberto's hospitality, they employ their mafia tactics to see off a debt collector who has his eye on Roberto's property, causing Roberto to realise that they are not the PR consultants he thought they were. Meanwhile, the America cousins are also having to adjust their opinions of Roberto, who they thought was a tough guy: it turns out he likes nothing better than a bit of stamp collecting, and has set his heart on a young waitress in his cafe, Alice (Shirley Henderson).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Dec 2007
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This movie depicts an interesting clash of criminal cultures: the Glasgow yob versus the New York mafioso. It's all brought together in good taste and has a few hilarious moments.

Based around a small Italian-owned Glasgow cafe, American Cousins tells the tale of two smooth Americans who stay over with their Glasgow cousins for a few nights. The Glaswegians are unaware that their relatives are actually big players in organised crime in the USA - but nevertheless these qualities come in handy when the loan sharks start to come round to call in debts for an ill-advised restaurant expansion.

This is actually a gentle comedy with a few explosive moments.

Good performance once again by Gerry Lepkowski.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 July 2013
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Two New Jersey Italian-Americans come out on top of a shoot out with some Ukrainian mafia types. The Ukrainian mobsters are out for revenge. Our two Americans (Danny Nucci and Dan Hedaya) decide to leave the country and hide in Scotland with an honest cousin they have never seen before. Roberto (Gerald Lepkowski) is the boring Scottish cousin who runs a restaurant and ice cream parlor. Alice (Shirley Henderson) also works there, complaining about her dull life and dull Scotsmen. Roberto loves Alice but has been too shy to say anything. Now with his American cousin Gino in town, Roberto finds himself in competition with the new guy who is dashing, out going, and well hung.

Meanwhile the Ukrainian mafia has put a contract out on our two American cousins while a group of local thugs shake down Roberto's establishment. The film has an indie quality to it in that it combines action-crime, drama, romance, and comedy into a production and swaps up at will. Shirley Henderson was remarkably good.

F-bomb, rear nudity (Danny Nucci), no sex. Solid 4 stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ogram on 2 Jan 2008
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American Cousins is a quirky, likeable film about a quiet Scots-Italian chipshop owner Roberto (Gerald Lepkowski). He leads a simple life running his Glasgow-based business, collecting stamps and eyeing up his long-serving waitress, Alice (Shirley Henderson).
The film pokes at the mafia genre and like the title of the movie the family thing is at the forefront.
Roberto's wise guy cousins Gino (Danny Nucci) and Settini (Dan Hedaya), are seeking refuge with Roberto to escape Ukrainian mobsters after a dodgey deal goes bad. The cousins tell Roberto that they are "PR" consultants, but Roberto begins to have his doubts when Settini pulls a gun on a local mobster and debt collector determined to take over his family buisness.
Meanwhile the Russian mafia have contracted a pair of Liverpool heavies to find the absconded mobsters. Roberto soon finds his simple quiet life falling apart.
It is a hilarious mix and clash of cultures as the film focuses very personally on each of the main characters. Although a low budget film, it is everything you would expect from a Hollywood movie. It is fast moving and you are sucked in by the individual strengths, very diverse sense of humour and warmth of each main character.
There is a hilarious big action scene towards the end of the film where the American mob clashes with the local mob.
A very enjoyable movie where the ladies wont mind a bit of mild violence and a few obscenities, Gino (Danny Nucci) will provide the girls with a decent distraction if the movie doesn't live up to its expectations.
Worth a watch cosying up on the couch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Horne on 11 Nov 2010
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I started watching this movie half way through on tv because there was nothing else on but it pulled me in lol. I liked it because it is set in my home town of Glasgow! Its set in I think the early 80s. The title explanes it pretty well. The main guy owns a chippy and the business is failing but just at that time his "American Cousins" come over to excape some mafia in America so they stay in the chippy with their cousin and in turn they help him out with money and protection!

Its a really great movie actually and theres a pretty sad bit in it but I wont ruin it for you! I would deffinatly reccomend this to anyone!
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By R. Hollweg on 22 April 2010
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'American Cousins' is one of my favourite films. It's funny and heartwarming and evocative, in the way that fellow classic Scottish film 'Local Hero' is. It also has exciting moments and brings together American and Glaswegian culture in a totally unselfconscious and convincing way. This is a film I can watch again and again, and the same is true of two generations of my Anglo/Scottish family. Highly recommended.
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This is such a sweet film. Subtle humous and pathos but with chip frying competitiveness and lots of ice cream.
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By Alastair Scott on 29 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
subtle, funny, good acting, highly entertaining, wonderful to see a good Scottish film on the international stage. Shows you can make a high standard of film on a low budget. One to be proud of.
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