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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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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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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,793,213 (USA)
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A sequel called "Return to Mystic Pizza" was in development in the early 90s, with a script by Albert Innaurato and Jenny Tripp. See more »

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In the scene where Kat has brought her mom pizza down at the docks Mrs. Araujo asks, "Hey, Sylvio, you got a job for my smart kid?" Sylvio shakes a dead octopus at her and replies something along the lines of, "Yeah, right here" but is smiling broadly the whole time and does not move his lips. See more »

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Daisy: Jesus Christ, these shoes are killing me.
Leona: Daisy, do you have to talk like that?
Daisy: I'm sorry, I meant to say 'These fucking shoes are killing me.'
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I AIN'T GOT NOBODY
As performed by Louis Prima
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc., Special Markets Division
Written by Spencer Williams and Roger Graham
Published by Edwyn H. Morris & Co. a division of MPL Communications, Inc. (ASCAP) and Jerry Vogel Music Co.,
Inc. (ASCAP)
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One of the best "chick flicks"
25 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Movie about three young waitresses who work at Mystic Pizza in Mystic CT. Good girl Kat (Annabeth Gish)is going to college and falls in love with a married man (William Moses). Her sister, bad girl Daisy (Julia Roberts), falls in love with rich kid Charles (Adam Storke). And Jojo (Lili Taylor) is deeply in love with Bill (Vincent D'Onorfrio) but is afraid to marry him...which he wants.

Pretty predictable but still lots of fun. This was released with no fanfare in 1988 (Roberts was still unknown and there were no 'name' actors in the cast) and went on to become a surprise hit. That shouldn't be a shock--this is the type of movie that isn't really challenging or deep. You know the characters, you know the situations and you know it's going to have a happy ending. Still, there's nothing wrong with a film like that if it's entertaining and well-done--and this one is.

The script is lively and it was beautifully shot on location in CT (in Mystic and other towns). Gish is just great (and top-billed) in the movie. She was also 17 (the age of her character too) so it adds to the realism. Taylor is good but has little to do. Her character is very one note and ALWAYS yapping about commitment. Roberts is good but her character is TERRIBLE! Foul-mouthed, obnoxious and grating--her verbal abuse of her sister Kat is more than vicious. I really hated her! Nevertheless, this movie jump started her career. D'Onorfrio (a wonderful character actor) is given nothing to do but look handsome and hunky--which he does. Storke is VERY good-looking and gives a great performance as a rich kid--what ever happened to him? And Moses is just OK as a married man. Add Conchata Ferrell as the pizza store owner and Matt Damon in a one line role in his film debut.

A real nice, pleasing little movie. Perfectly catches the small town feeling too. Worth seeing. But don't let Roberts' face on the box fool you--it's NOT her movie.


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