American Cousins

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American Cousins
DVD Cover
Directed by Don Coutts
Produced by Margaret Matheson
Written by Sergio Casci
Starring Danny Nucci
Gerald Lepkowski
Shirley Henderson
Vincent Pastore
Dan Hedaya
Russell Hunter
Olegar Fedoro
Stevan Rimkus
Music by Donald Shaw
Cinematography Jerry Kelly
Edited by Lindy Cameron
Release date
  • November 28, 2003 (2003-11-28)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

American Cousins is a 2003 romantic comedy 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]

Plot summary[edit]

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. But 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. 24 February 2004. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "American Cousins". 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Feature Narrative Schedule 2002". Woodstock Film Festival. 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Antonia's Line (1995)". IMDb. 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  5. ^ MIFF | 8° Film Festival Internazionale di Milano - Bando di Concorso, Programma 2007 [dead link]

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