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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.

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(as Mark Reichert)

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(short story "The Corpse Next Door"), (as Mark Reichert)
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Young Vagrant
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Harlan
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Paper Boy
Cynthia Crisp ...
Wanda
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Walter
Charles Rydell ...
Cab Driver
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Lillian (as Deborah Harry)
Sally MacLeod ...
Woman In Bar
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The Contessa
Terina Lewis ...
Evelyn
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Larry Longacre
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Ludendorff (as Paul Andor)
Arthur McFarland ...
Mr. Lewis
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Mrs. Lewis (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Asha Robinson ...
Daughter, Lewis Family
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Storyline

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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19 April 1981 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Nachts in Union City  »

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Trivia

Playing Larry Longacre in this movie, actor Everett McGill once said of this film: "Before Twin Peaks (1990) there was Union City (1980)". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Harlan: See how I'm back at work?
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Connections

References How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Union City Blue
Performed by Debbie Harry and Blondie
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Just poorly made
20 September 2004 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

This film was a desperate ode to Film-Noir. Random clichés of a poor 40's thriller were thrown together with no attempt to cover the flaws: poor dialog, misguided acting, poor editing, an amateur synthesizer soundtrack, and a one-note plot that's painfully stretched out and not believable in the first place (corpses rot and smell at room temperature). The actors were simply imitating characters they've seen in old movies. Even the costumes were used incorrectly. For example, men didn't wear their hats indoors. The camera is mostly static and many dialog scenes have jarring editing.

This is what a 40's thriller would look like if had been done by a student on a very limited budget and schedule.


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