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My American Cousin (1985)

PG | | Biography, Drama | 7 March 1986 (USA)
Adding an intriguing Canadian twist to a universally appealing story of teenage trials, My American Cousin begins as bored 12-year-old Sandy (Margaret Langrick) is preparing for another ... See full summary »

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Sandy Wilson

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Sandy Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Langrick Margaret Langrick ... Sandy Wilcox
John Wildman ... Butch Walker
Richard Donat ... Major Wilcox
Jane Mortifee Jane Mortifee ... Kitty Wilcox
T.J. Scott ... Lenny McPhee
Camille Henderson Camille Henderson ... Shirley Darling
Darsi Bailey Darsi Bailey ... Thelma
Allison Hale Allison Hale ... Lizzie
Samantha Jocelyn Samantha Jocelyn ... Sue
Babs Chula ... Dolly Walker
Terrence Moore Terrence Moore ... Al Walker (as Terence Moore)
Brent Severson Brent Severson ... Johnny Wilcox
Brian Hagel Brian Hagel ... Danny Wilcox
Carter Dunham Carter Dunham ... Eddie Wilcox
Julie Nevlud Julie Nevlud ... Ruth Wilcox
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Adding an intriguing Canadian twist to a universally appealing story of teenage trials, My American Cousin begins as bored 12-year-old Sandy (Margaret Langrick) is preparing for another long summer of cherry picking when suddenly her older, James Dean-cool cousin Butch (John Wildman) arrives unexpectedly from California in a red Cadillac convertible. Sandy and her pre-teen friends fall madly for Butch's rock 'n' roll swagger, but he's more interested in making time with the local girls and getting in fistfights than in playing chauffeur to Sandy. Both have a lot to learn about life and each other, but united under the strict parental rule of Sandy's dad, they vow to make this summer a truly unforgettable experience. Capturing the restlessness of youth with a fresh and funny perspective, Wilson's genuinely charming period piece is forever reaching for lost innocence as it playfully contrasts Canadian and American attitudes. My American Cousin has remained a consistent favourite for ... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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"He was a charming runaway in a big, fancy car who dazzled me completely..."

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az amerikai rokon See more »

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Budget:

CAD1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Alphacine)

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

At the Dominion Day Dance, set in 1959, the band plays the Drifters' hit "Save The Last Dance For Me", even though this song wasn't initially released until August, 1960. See more »

Quotes

Mother: Men are like busses: If you miss one, you can be sure there'll be soon another one...
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Connections

References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

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Theme from 'A Summer Place'
Written by Max Steiner
From the arrangement by Percy Faith
Adapted by Bill Skolnik
Published by Warner Brothers Music
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My American Cousin is a fun look at '50s teen life in Canada
21 June 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Having just seen the disturbing '95 teen film Kids and then the '71 pre-teen coming of age romance Melody, I grabbed one of my brother's tapes and watched for the first time the Canadian coming-of-age movie from 1985 that takes place in the summer of '59, My American Cousin. The "My" of the title is one Sandy Wilcox (Margaret Langrick), a twelve-year-old going on thirteen tired of being treated like a child by her parents. Suddenly, a cousin from California named Butch (John Wildman) arrives to the surprise of her parents. During the day or so he stays, Butch takes Sandy and her friends for a ride while also heavily flirting with a girl named Shirley. I'll stop right there and say this was for the most part light-hearted and fun with great performances by both Langrick and Wildman. Worth seeking out if you see it in listed in an upcoming TV section of your local paper.


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