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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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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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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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| (Ontario)

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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A score by Ernest Gold was rejected, but some of his music was retained, uncredited. His most noticeable contribution is his arrangement of The Stars and Stripes Forever heard during the opening credits and reprised several times, as well as several pieces of source music heard in the background. See more »

Goofs

A false advertising case would take weeks, if not months, to be challenged in court--not in the following 24 hours as depicted--let alone the business shut down by a court order the next day of the accusation. See more »

Quotes

FBI Inspector: You want to give me that again?
Jeff: Uh, well, yes. As I say, Inspector, I heard this large explosion and I rushed out, I couldn't tell what was going on. I saw the car over there in flames and all these strange little characters, you know, with towels on their heads, weird little goatees and stuff, running around yelling: "Ayatollah, Ayatollah." Then they all got in a car and drove away. I guess it was Iranian students out to discredit the American way of life. I can't imagine who else would do ...
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Connections

Referenced in Tales from the Future: In the Beginning (2010) See more »

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I'M GLAD HE FOUND ME
(uncredited)
Written by Dorothy Love Coates
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Even the Dog is Funny
16 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is one funny movie. Kurt Russell shows his comedic side and is hysterical - so are Gerrit Graham and Jack Warden. Robert Zemeckis made a gem very few people saw and this is my favorite movie of his. See it if you want to laugh like hell.


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