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Union City (1980)

A man is so obsessed with finding the person responsible for stealing his milk bottles that he ignores his beautiful young wife, who has other ideas on her mind.


(as Mark Reichert)


(short story "The Corpse Next Door"), (as Mark Reichert)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Vagrant
Paper Boy
Cynthia Crisp ...
Charles Rydell ...
Cab Driver
Lillian (as Deborah Harry)
Sally MacLeod ...
Woman In Bar
The Contessa
Terina Lewis ...
Larry Longacre
Ludendorff (as Paul Andor)
Arthur McFarland ...
Mr. Lewis
Mrs. Lewis (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Asha Robinson ...
Daughter, Lewis Family


Guilty paranoia in a gritty 1950's industrial town. An accountant, living a repressed life, becomes so obsessed with the person who is stealing his morning milk that he commits an act of irrational violence. His beautiful wife, meanwhile, is making plans of her own. Written by Kim Rubin

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Release Date:

19 April 1981 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Nachts in Union City  »

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1.85 : 1
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According to director Marcus Reichert, the film cost less than $500,000, while Heavens Gate (1980) was filming grossly over budget at the time. See more »


In the office scenes around 20-22 minutes or so in. See more »


Harlan: I'm converting to a Catholic.
Lillian: And I'm converting to a blonde.
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References How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) See more »


Union City Blue
Performed by Debbie Harry and Blondie
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The fall of the Dolacoids or Blondie in touching lingerie
9 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Wonderful low key film about a husband so obsessed with having a few sips of his milk stolen that he fails to pleasure his beautiful young wife for so long that she does it herself in a wonderfully touching scene. This was the standard artists' claim against the materialism of the 50's in which this story seems to be set. It's typical film student's protest against straight society's misplaced priorities in which the starving artist appears the hero, but is imaginative enough and with the right mix of humanity, suspense, plot twists and lingerie touching to make it pleasant to watch. And the ending is satisfying.

The Dolacoids refers to the Nazi theory of racial superiority based on the shape of the skull in which the long headed or dolacoid race is destined to rule. The former Stanford professor Thorsten Veblen, more known for his "Theory of the Leisure Class" -- the groundbreaking analysis of conspicuous consumption, wrote a brilliant satire of Nazi race theory entitled The Rise and Fall of the Dolocoid Race in which he proves that Dolocoids are destined for extinction because they are so concerned with their status and conspicuous consumption that they fail to have time to perform their filial duties, and hence produce no offspring, while the roundheads seem to make that a priority.

This movie does a great job of working this theme. And I do mean that the scene in which a beautiful young woman like Blondie, is neglected for the sake of a sip of milk is tragically moving. Boy some guys really know how to screw up.

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