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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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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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When Rudy (Kurt Russell) comes home from his promotional car spot with the hookers, he makes a nod to the statue of rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley that's sitting on his dresser. Russell began his film career with a cameo in Presley's It Happened at the World's Fair (1963), and later portrayed Elvis in Elvis (1979). He also played an Elvis impersonator two decades later in 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001). 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

Judge H. H. Harrison: I know you're seeing the same thing with those beady little eyes I'm seeing, Mr. Slaton. That sure does look like a mile of cars to me.
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References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

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THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER
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Written by John Philip Sousa
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mile of cars...
17 March 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Following "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", Robert Zemeckis directed the equally silly "Used Cars", about the antagonistic high jinx between two used car salesmen (Kurt Russell and Jack Warden). This isn't the sort of movie that you watch to change your life or pick up on double meanings or anything like that; you watch it to have fun. And indeed you will! Whether it's the R-rated commercials, or anything else, the movie's a hoot the whole way through. Like "Big Trouble in Little China" and "Overboard", it shows that Kurt Russell really works best in comedy. Just great.

A mile of cars. Imagine that...


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