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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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Cast

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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 »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The climactic chase scene, described by Zemeckis as Red River (1948)'s cattle drive with cars, was filmed in an abandoned and overgrown airfield east of Phoenix. Two hundred extras were recruited with the pitch "fifteen dollars a day, bring your own car, and be in a movie". 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

[Rudy notices that some paint has washed off Manuel's cars]
Rudy: Manuei! What the hell are you using; water based paint?
Manuel: Sure. How much rain do we get around here anyway? If you don't like these, I'll get you some others. Here is my inventory.
Rudy: Manuel, this is a picture of 250 cars. I can't make a deal on a picture. Take these around back and I'll think of something.
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Soundtracks

The Stripper
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Music by David Rose
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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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