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Used Cars (1980)

R | | Comedy | 11 July 1980 (USA)
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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Storyline

Used car salesman Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) needs money to run for State Senate, so he approaches his boss Luke (Jack Warden). Luke agrees to front him the $10,000 he needs, but then encounters an "accident" orchestrated by his brother Roy also played by Warden, 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)  »

Also Known As:

Mit einem Bein im Kittchen  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During early development of 1941 (1979), John Milius told Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale about an idea for a movie he and Steven Spielberg thought up about a used car salesman on the outskirts of Las Vegas After finishing I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Zemeckis and Gale asked Milius if they could use the idea because neither Milius nor Spielberg would ever have the time to do it themselves. See more »

Goofs

When Roy Fuchs approaches Rudy, Jeff and Jim as they are just finishing the burial of the Edsel with Luke in it, Jeff dumps a shovelful of mud on Roy's white shoe. When Roy walks away later, his shoes are both clean. See more »

Quotes

[President Carter on TV]
President Carter: -high inflation. What is the solution?
[TV cuts to commercial for Luke's yard taking place in Roy's yard]
Jeff: You want the solution to inflation? Hi, friends. Marshall Lucky here for New Deal Used Cars, where we're lowering inflation not only by fighting high prices, not only by murdering high prices, but by blowing the living shit out of high prices. Yessir. Here's an example. It's a 1972 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, for sixty-two ninety-nine. That price is too high.
[shoots car]
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Connections

Featured in Biography: Al Lewis: Forever Grandpa (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

USED CARS
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Patrick Williams
Performed by Bobby Bare
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Comedy Classic
1 August 2004 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

I distinctly remember this movie because in the summer of 1980 I was travelling across the United States, and only had time to see one movie of the three big budgeted comedies that hit the theatres that year.

The comedies that year were; 1) "Airplane," 2) "Used Cars" and 3) "How to beat the High Cost of Living." I went and saw film 3, and have regretted not seeing "Used Cars" in the theatre to this day. Some four or five years later when it hit Home Box Office (HBO) I thought I'd die laughing, and was kicking myself even harder for not seeing Robert Zemeckis' film in the theatre some five years before!

"Airplane" took the box office that summer with all of its cheap gags, and "How to Beat the High Cost of Living" spawned the popular "Kate and Ally" TV series. Unfortunately "Used Cars" faded into the background, but saw a well earned and much deserved revival courtesy an HBO airing and home video sales.

"Used Cars" is the comedy those two other films wanted to be, but couldn't. "Used Cars" is a better film with funnier material, better story, more action, and more heart, and will always be remembered as the quintessential 1980's comedy.

You must see "Used Cars," but be cautioned, it's NOT a family comedy. There's lots of swearing, a few strippers, and other "adult" references. Even so, in my personal opinion, it is the funniest film made to date. ENJOY! :-)


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