Used Cars (1980)

R  |   |  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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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 <>

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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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Release Date:

11 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mit einem Bein im Kittchen  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The used car lot set was built across an actual major highway in Arizona, which made filming very tough. See more »


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 »


[Rudy is planning to break into a presidential broadcast with a commercial]
Jeff: For Christ's sake, we're fuckin' with the President of the United States.
Rudy: He fucks with us, doesn't he?
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Suckula (2015) See more »


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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