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Mystic Pizza (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 October 1988 (USA)
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Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
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Sheila Ferrini ...
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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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Discover a movie which hits home about love, friendship, dreams and life. A movie that you'll be talking about long afterwards. Experience something special, something romantic, something honest. See more »


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Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA)  »

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3 Girlfriends  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$12,793,213 (USA)

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Matt Damon:  As Steamer, the younger brother of Charlie (Adam Storke), in one scene at a dining table when Charlie brings his girlfriend home for dinner. See more »


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 »


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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Referenced in Puddle Cruiser (1996) See more »


Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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One of my favorites
14 July 2004 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

What makes this movie so very charming is the incredible ensemble acting. Watch Vincent D'Onofrio in an early role, as well as Julia Roberts. Annabeth Gish is completely enchanting as Kat, and William R. Moses very believable as the flirting husband. Most wonderful, however, is Lili Taylor as JoJo. Sometimes known as the queen of B movies (I think that was Ebert's title), here she shows the range and talent that indicate she deserves superstardom.

Unlike the misleading re-release that features Julia's face prominently, this is NOT a star vehicle, but depends on the interaction of all the players. A wonderful coming-of-age film that has been one of my favorites for 15 years.

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