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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)  »

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Nachts in Union City  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie's opening title card reads: "March 1953". The film, set in New Jersey, was made and released about twenty-seven years after the 1953 year in which it was set. The film's story was updated to the 1950s from the 1930s depression-era period of Cornell Woolrich's source short-story which was first published in that era in 1937. See more »


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


Harlan: See how I'm back at work?
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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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'82' film noir masterpiece
10 November 2016 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

Anyone who could give this film a bad view, ought to be shot. UC came out in '82, and it was a perfect time, for film noir, especially of this calibre to come out. And as film noir, UC, stands out alone. There's something so fresh and original here, (there's nothing else like it) with it's larger than life characters, boosted by great performance, Lipscomb, an actor you must see more of, if you haven't seen him. Like his magnetic performance in A Soldier's Story, and that '88 b grade horror, Retribution, again he just delivers a dynamic and brilliant performance, of a tenant, who instead of paying attention to his beautiful wife (Harry) who he treats like s..t, he becomes preoccupied, and determined to catch the culprit, (a pretty obvious guess) who's been, stealing his milk, only it backfires, sending him going, one cent, short of the dollar. Harry is a revelation, just proving, there are some multi talented people out there, while Everett McGill as the neighbor love interest, adds strong support. You might remember, he was the bad ass who took on Seagal near the end of Under Siege 2. The music score is great as are all the performances, the late male comer in the last fifteen is a hoot. There are some Twin Peakish moments, but I prefer this style. There is a twist too at the end, but god, how fake did blood look back in the 80's. It's like they used Pepto Bismol, and put acid in it. 90 minute "can't miss" entertainment, and again, sadly, badly criticized.

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