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Mystic Pizza (1988)

Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic.

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Bill (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
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Sisters Kat and Daisy work along with Jojo at the pizza parlour in Mystic, Connecticut. Kat, shortly off to Yale, finds herself drawn to a local architect she is babysitting for, while her more tearaway sister starts dating a guy from the money side of the tracks. Jojo leaves her man at the altar; she loves him but shies away from commitment. Meanwhile the fame of the pizza continues to spread; it seems to contain something almost ..... mystic. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A romantic comedy with the works. See more »

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pizza Pizza - Ein Stück vom Himmel  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,793,213 (USA)
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Breakthrough film role of American actress Julia Roberts. See more »

Goofs

Immediately after the food critic gives his glowing report on TV, the wall phone at Mystic Pizza rings. The shot shows the owner answering the phone, but it also shows the business license on the wall next to the phone. The license clearly reads "Town of Groton" instead of Mystic. See more »

Quotes

Leona: Honey, you'd do just fine if you just used your head a little more
Daisy: Yeah, well, don't worry about me. I'm gonna slingin' pizza for the rest of my life
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Music by Franke Previte and Brad Fiedel
Lyrics by Franke Previte
Published by Samuel Goldwyn Music Co. (ASCAP) / Knockout Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Jill Colucci
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2 out of 3 ain't bad
5 July 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Mystic Pizza is a pleasant-but-slow slice-of-life comedy-drama. It centers on the lives of 3 young waitresses in a Pizza Parlor in blue-collar Mystic, CT. The parlor's owner is a hard-scrabble-with-heart-of-gold Portuguese "princess" buoyantly portrayed by Conchata Farrell. She makes the scene where the food critic tastes her pizza the most memorable in the movie.

As for the girls, two of the three stories work well. Lili Taylor is a revelation as the fun-loving JoJo coming to terms with the cliche her life is and how to come to terms with the love she feels for stalwart-but-limited Bill, winningly portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio (now of Law and Order: CI). These two light up the screen with humor and awkward aplomb. Julia Roberts puts her raw-but-winning talent on display as the blue-collar Daisy, a student-teacher in the school of hard-knocks.

The one unfortunate element is that the movie spends far too much time on a nowhere relationship between Annibelle Gish and preppy husband-away-from his wife portrayed by the affable but feckless William R. (aka Billy) Moses. This story just makes the movie drag.

But overall, Mystic Pizza is a kind of young-woman-oriented Diner, amiable, fun, and chock-full of young talent.


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