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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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The screen's wildest race against time is the biggest auto stampede ever! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Release Date:

11 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mit einem Bein im Kittchen  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,715,321, 31 December 1980
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene in which Gerrit Graham's character starts shooting at Roy L. Fuchs' cars for the commercial, real ammunition was used to shoot the windshields and the headlights. See more »

Goofs

When Mickey and Luke Fuchs are on the 57 Chevy demolition ride, Mickey heads the wrong way on the street, playing chicken with two cars. In the approach shot showing Mickey driving towards the cars, we see two cars approaching him side by side with another car slightly to the rear of these. But when the view changes to a direct shot as the cars pass, this third car has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

[Rudy and Big Jim are watching Barbara's commercial, which has been doctored]
Barbara Jane Fuchs: Come down and see the, uh, mile of cars we have on our lot.
Rudy: Did she just say "mile of cars"? She said she had a "mile of cars".
Big Jim: That's the most blatant claim of false advertising I ever heard in my life...
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Crazy Credits

The film's closing credits state: "The producers wish to thank the governor, people and motion picture office of the State of Arizona for their cooperation in the production of this motion picture." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

USED CARS
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Patrick Williams
Performed by Bobby Bare
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Brilliant!!
4 January 2003 | by 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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