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Used Cars (1980)

 -  Comedy  -  11 July 1980 (USA)
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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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Roy L. Fuchs / Luke Fuchs
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Jim the Mechanic
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Sam Slaton (as Joseph P. Flaherty)
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Charlie
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Storyline

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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Like new, great looking and fully loaded with laughs. See more »

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Comedy

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11 July 1980 (USA)  »

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Used Cars  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The stunt coordinator felt the impact of the 1974 Mercury Montego jumping the train, and hitting the pavement was too much for a stunt driver to take. So, a dummy was put in the driver's seat, and the car was pushed toward a ramp at high speed, and let go. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits, Rudy puts a sign on the windshield of a car that says "LiKE NEW" with a dot over the "I". When he slides the sign over to hide a crack in the windshield the dot over the "I" is gone. See more »

Quotes

Jeff: [Talking about the explanation for Luke's sudden disappearance] No-one's going to believe he went to Miami, nobody goes to Miami!
Rudy: OLD people go to Miami, he's old isn't he? Where do you want him to go, Aspen?
Jeff: [looking at the '59 Edsel] Aspen? Fuck Aspen, this crate won't go around the block...
Jim the Mechanic: The fuck it won't! This motherfucker runs!
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Music by David Rose
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Brilliant!!
4 January 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

******************SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!******************************

There are not many American films made any more which are as inherently cynical and as satirical as this. I know Rudy gives up his chance of becoming Senator to help Barbara but the last image we see is him giving the spiel to an old woman. The makers knew they wouldn't be able to get away with making a film which didn't have some sort of phoney closure so they stuck in the big finale, but they mean for us to be aware of Rudy's true identity; once a hustler, always a hustler.

It is also incredibly funny, packed with incidental pleasures as well as the foregrounded plot. In many ways the film could have been improved if they had just concentrated on the machinations of the rival dealerships but I think the film did need something more concrete to hang the narrative on. The last half an hour is a little disappointing but given that the preceding hour and a bit was so good, one can forgive them this.

There are so many things to mention I think I'll just list a few: Toby the dog, the two guerilla broadcasters, Rudy's first commercial, Jeff conning a customer into thinking he has killed the dog. There are so many great moments I can't think why this film isn't better known than it is.


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