American Cousins

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American Cousins
DVD cover
Directed byDon Coutts
Written bySergio Casci
Produced byMargaret Matheson
StarringDanny Nucci
Gerald Lepkowski
Shirley Henderson
Vincent Pastore
Dan Hedaya
Russell Hunter
Olegar Fedoro
Stevan Rimkus
CinematographyJerry Kelly
Edited byLindy Cameron
Music byDonald Shaw
Release date
  • November 28, 2003 (2003-11-28)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

American Cousins is a 2003 romantic comedy film directed by Don Coutts and starring Danny Nucci, Gerald Lepkowski, Shirley Henderson, Vincent Pastore, Dan Hedaya, Russell Hunter, Olegar Fedoro, and Stevan Rimkus. The plot is about a Scots-Italian fish and chip shop owner who gives refuge to his Mafia relatives when they go on the run. It was voted one of the top three Scottish films of all time by readers of The List magazine.[1]


Two New Jersey mobsters are almost killed when a deal in Eastern Europe goes wrong. They take refuge with their law-abiding cousin Bobby, who runs a fish and chip shop in Glasgow, Scotland. However, when one of the Americans takes a shine to Bobby's girl and the other clashes with local hoodlums, Bobby realises he has to stand up for himself or risk losing everything he loves.



American Cousins was the debut feature for director Don Coutts, screenwriter Sergio Casci, Director of Photography Jerry Kelly and Editor Lindy Cameron[2] The team had previously made three shorts: St. Antony's Day Off (1995), Rose (1998) and Dead Sea Reels (1996) which won the Vendôme Film Festival award for Best European Short Film.[3]

The film was produced by Margaret Matheson, whose credits include Antonia (1995), winner of the 1996 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[4]


Screenwriter Sergio Casci was also nominated for the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award.


  1. ^ "Trainspotting wins best film poll". BBC News. London: BBC. February 24, 2004. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "American Cousins". 2014. Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "Feature Narrative Schedule 2002". Woodstock Film Festival. 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "Antonia's Line (1995)". IMDb. 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  5. ^ MIFF | 8° Film Festival Internazionale di Milano - Bando di Concorso, Programma 2007

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