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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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Sam Slaton (as Joseph P. Flaherty)
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Tucker
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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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Estimated Laugh Count: 287 City, 410 Highway. Use these numbers only for comparison. Your actual laughs may vary depending on how you feel about used car salesmen, nude women, spectacular car stunts, and the President of the United States. See more »

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Comedy

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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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Editor Michael Kahn used western music composed by Alfred Newman and Elmer Bernstein as a temp track, including "The Elder Fight" from The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) during the fight between Roy Fuchs and Jeff and the main theme from How the West Was Won (1962) during the climactic chase. Robert Zemeckis was especially pleased with the way the second piece worked with his film and ended up using it at the start of his next film, Romancing the Stone (1984). 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

[Roy L. and Slaton are discussing Barbara's trial]
Roy L. Fuchs: I can't believe you got Hangin' Judge Harrison. He's not on the take; he's legit.
Sam Slaton: Remember that colored kid that got caught stealing a case of beer?
Roy L. Fuchs: Billy Ray? Billy Ray Washington?
Sam Slaton: [nods] Hangin' Judge Harrison gave him thirty five years hard labor! You need somebody who'll throw the book at this broad. I've paid off all the experts, all the witnesses; I've even got her lawyer on my payroll.
[cut to her attorney, who's fast asleep]
Sam Slaton: I can win this...
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Referenced in Tales from the Future: In the Beginning (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

A CITY BUILT FOUR SQUARE
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Written by Dorothy Love Coates
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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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