When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.

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Used car salesman Rudy Russo needs money to run for State Senate, so he approaches his boss Luke. Luke agrees to front him the $10,000 he needs, but then encounters an "accident" orchestrated by his brother Roy, who runs the car lot across the street. Roy is hoping to claim title to his brother's property because Roy's paying off the mayor to put the new interstate through the area. After Luke disappears, it's all out war between the competing car shops, and no nasty trick is off limits as Rudy and his gang fight to keep Roy from taking Luke's property. Then Luke's daughter shows up. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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11 July 1980 (USA)  »

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Mit einem Bein im Kittchen  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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At the football game when Michael McKean and David L. Lander hack the satellite, just before the camera comes on you can see the two original "penis noses" in a box. These were the original gags for Gerritt Graham and Kurt Russell, but Columbia executives put the kibosh on those gags, replacing them with bouncing eyeball glasses. See more »

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Rudy uses a spinning rod to cast a $10 bill from his car lot to the lot across the road, but when he reels it back in the line pulls the bill under the fence. See more »

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Roy L. Fuchs: I'll tell you something. This country is going to the dogs. You know, it used to be when you bought a politician, that son of a bitch stayed bought.
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USED CARS
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Patrick Williams
Performed by Bobby Bare
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among the funniest
6 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film appeared at a transitional moment in American comedy, and was beaten at the box-office by the first of what became the dominating type of comic film ever since, "Airplane!". Yet, among the last of the '70s style comedies of outrageous characters in domestic settings (the type finally met its waterloo in the bloated "Blues Brothers," but still managed a convulsively successful finale in "Ghostbusters"), "Used Cars" is among the funniest of its type and era.

With most of its budget going to (what else?) used cars, the film still manages a solidly competent look throughout, largely thanks to some real risky one-take stunts and set-pieces. The pacing is swift, and the actors play dead-pan but not so much that we need to take any of this seriously.

"Used Cars" is also the kind of comedy that satirizes all we hold dear as Americans, but not so bitterly that we are left feeling bad about ourselves; this may be a depiction of us at our worst - but hey, nobody's perfect! Besides, there's just enough of a romantic story attached to remind us of the redemptive power of love - without getting all syrupy-sweet on us.

Just excessive enough to get silly without ever being dull, a hearty laugh for any time of day.


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