My American Cousin

Director: Sandy Wilson Year: 1985 Run Time: 90min
My American Cousin (Mon cousin américain) (1985)

Sandy (Margaret Langrick) is a bored 12-year-old preparing for another long and uneventful summer in rural 1950s British Columbia, when her older cousin, Butch (John Wildman), arrives unexpectedly from California in a shiny red convertible.

Of course, the impressionable Sandy is immediately dazzled by Butch’s cool, rock’n’roll swagger, whose appearance seems to promise all the excitement that Sandy has been longing for.

Based on writer-director Sandy Wilson’s own memories, My American Cousin won six Genie Awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Wilson), Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Wildman), Best Actress (Langrick), and Best Film Editing. It remains one of Canada’s best loved coming-of-age films.

“The film works a gentle spell around its viewer, and ends up leaving an unexpected lasting impression.” – Dustin Putman, The Film File



Sandy Wilson


Sandy Wilson


Sandy Wilson, Peter O'Brian


Margaret Langrick, John Wildman, Richard Donat





Ratings by Province:

PG Alberta
PG British Columbia
PG Manitoba
G New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
G Nova Scotia
PG Northwest Territories
PG Nunavut
AA Ontario
G Prince Edward Island
G Québec
PG Saskatchewan
NR Yukon