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Writers (WGA):
Amy Holden Jones (story)
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Release Date:
21 October 1988 (USA) See more »
A romantic comedy with the works. See more »
Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Annabeth Gish ... Kat Arujo

Julia Roberts ... Daisy Arujo

Lili Taylor ... Jojo

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Bill (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)

William R. Moses ... Tim Travers

Adam Storke ... Charles Gordon Windsor, Jr.

Conchata Ferrell ... Leona

Joanna Merlin ... Mrs. Arujo
Porscha Radcliffe ... Phoebe Travers

John Fiore ... Jake

Gene Amoroso ... Mr. Barboza
Sheila Ferrini ... Mrs. Barboza

Janet Zarish ... Nicole Travers
Louis Turenne ... Everyday Gourmet
Lauren O'Brien ... Serena

John Cunningham ... Mr. Charles Gordon Windsor, Sr.
Ann Flood ... Mrs. Polly Windsor

Suzanne Shepherd ... Aunt Tweedy (as Suzanne Sheperd)

Matt Damon ... Steamer
Jack Ringstad ... Uncle Ned

Jody Raymond ... Teresa
Jim O'Connor ... George (as James O'Connor)

Geraldine Leer ... Lorna
Robin Joss ... Carrie
Ray Zuppa ... Mitch
Paul Timothy Burke ... Ray
Bucky Walsh ... Manny (as Arthur Walsh)
Nikki Bruno ... Woman Customer
Bill Devany ... Ralph
Christina Fadala ... Tourist #1
Keith Jochim ... Tourist #2
June Sjostrom ... Tourist Date

John Garry ... Car Guy (as John Gary)
Rita M. Herbert ... Whiny Customer
John Klater ... Bartender
Wiley Moore ... Newscaster
Lew Resseguie ... Maitre D'
Ingrid Sonnichsen ... Lobster Woman (as Inilip Sonnichsen)
Dennis Paiva ... Singer at Wedding
Robert Vanaria ... Baritone
Marc A. Vitale ... Rocky
Al Hodgkins ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Philip M. Gardiner ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Hans Hartman ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Al Magliochetti ... Patron at Pegleg Pub (uncredited)
Joe Monaco ... Fisherman (uncredited)

Directed by
Donald Petrie 
Writing credits
Amy Holden Jones (story) (as Amy Jones)

Amy Holden Jones (screenplay) (as Amy Jones) and
Perry Howze (screenplay) &
Randy Howze (screenplay) and
Alfred Uhry (screenplay)

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. .... executive producer
Mark Levinson .... producer
Scott M. Rosenfelt .... producer (as Scott Rosenfelt)
Susan Vogelfang .... line producer
Original Music by
David McHugh 
Cinematography by
Tim Suhrstedt (director of photography) (as Timothy Suhrstedt)
Film Editing by
Don Brochu 
Marion Rothman 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
David Chapman 
Art Direction by
Mark Haack 
Set Decoration by
Clay A. Griffith  (as Clay Griffith)
Costume Design by
Jennifer von Mayrhauser  (as Jennifer Von Meyerhausen)
Makeup Department
Katherine Beltran .... assistant makeup artist
Steven Frank .... key hair stylist
Nan Plasick .... assistant makeup artist
Robert Rivers .... assistant hair stylist
Vera Yurtchuk .... key makeup assistant
Production Management
Scott M. Rosenfelt .... production manager (as Scot Rosenfelt)
Larry Jackson .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martha M. Elcan .... second assistant director
Mark Radcliffe .... first assistant director
Carla Zackson .... dga trainee
Art Department
Ayenne J. Applebaum .... lead scenic painter
Rebecca Baxter .... painting assistant
Tara V. Brennan .... art department assistant
Rick Clark .... carpenter
Robbie Goodman .... carpenter
Nancy Horowitz .... scenic
Joni Indursky .... property master
John S. Kilner III .... construction coordinator
Michael McGarty .... carpenter
Joe Monaco .... swing gang
Alec Owen .... assistant property master
John K. Quinn III .... lead carpenter
Robert Schleinig .... carpenter (as Bob Schlenig)
Wayne Shepherd .... set dresser
Mark Sposato .... painting assistant
John Stephanov .... swing gang (as John Stephanou)
Eric Tetrault .... set dresser
Sound Department
Gregg Baxter .... sound effects editor
Norval D. Crutcher .... co-supervising sound effects editor (as Norval Crutcher)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... co-supervising sound effects editor
G.W. Davis .... sound effects editor
Russell C. Fager .... sound mixer
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles R. Hunt .... boom operator (as Charles Hunt)
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
John Paul Jones .... sound effects editor
Mark 'Frito' Long .... sound recordist
Bob O'Brien .... assistant sound effects editor (as Robert O'Brien)
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Norval D. Crutcher III .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert Glenn .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ken Levin .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Ted Rae .... visual effects
Sandy Richman .... stunt driver
Warren A. Stevens .... stunt double (as Warren Stevens)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Becchio .... electrician: second unit
Bob Becchio .... grip: second unit
Monté Black .... grip (as Monte Black)
Shunil Borpujari .... dolly grip
Shunil Borpujari .... key grip
Bob Field .... gaffer (as Robert N. Field Jr.)
Rachel A. Flores .... best boy grip
Joey Forsyte .... second camera operator
Marko Karen .... focus puller
Jeff King .... electrician: second unit
Jeff King .... grip: second unit
Adrian Licciardi .... second assistant camera
Thomas Loizeaux .... photography: second unit
James G. Moriarty .... grip
James Neilan .... electrician
Frank Perl .... assistant camera: second unit
Michael Pizzuto .... grip: load truck
John Preston .... electrician
Robert A. Preston .... best boy electric
Paul Reuter .... assistant camera: second unit (as Paul S. Reuter)
Geoffrey Rockwell .... electrician: second unit (as Jeff Rockwell)
Geoffrey Rockwell .... grip: second unit (as Jeff Rockwell)
Hanne Schaefer .... assistant camera: second unit (as Hanne Schaefer Kemp)
Ron Schlaeger .... assistant camera: second unit
Paul Slaughter .... still photographer
Rick Spears .... electrician
Jeff Crivello .... grip (uncredited)
Thomas Loizeaux .... camera operator (uncredited)
William M. Weberg .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Denise Chamian .... casting associate
Patty Collinge .... local casting
Mickie McGowan .... additional dialogue casting (as Mickey McGowin)
Carolyn Pickman .... local casting
Jodi Purdy-Quinlan .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gail A. Fitzgibbons .... wardrobe supervisor (as Gail Fitzgibbons)
Thomas Lee Keller .... assistant costume designer (as Thomas L. Keller)
Editorial Department
Dorre Koeser .... assistant film editor (as Dorre Koesser)
Ted Pryor .... apprentice film editor
Lewis Schoenbrun .... assistant editor
Marypat Plottner .... synching editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Terry Becker .... source music engineering
David Hines .... source music engineering
Armin Steiner .... music scoring mixer
Steve Tyrell .... music supervisor
Tom Villano .... supervising music editor (as Tom Vilano)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Cindy Adams .... driver
Elmo Adams .... transportation captain
John Adams .... driver
Tom Adams .... transportation coordinator
Thomas J. Arscott .... driver
Lynn Brouillette .... driver
Jeffery Epperson .... driver
Edward Getty .... driver
Dave Hannah .... driver
Don Hannah .... driver: honeywagon
Douglas E. Harmon .... driver
Richard Lasnier .... driver
Tony Mercier .... driver
Bob Mills .... driver
Bonnie Murallo .... driver
Rinaldo D. Orifice .... driver
Pete Rousseau .... driver
Randal Wendt .... driver
Other crew
Linda Austin .... craft service
Bonnie Billington .... stand-in
Demetra Botseas .... production assistant
Michael Brightbill .... craft service
Dolores Buonanno .... production assistant
Marshall Burling .... production assistant
Kathy Choquette .... teacher
Kathy Choquette .... welfare worker
Justen Dardis .... coordinator: Los Angeles
Skye Dicker .... word processor
Chris Dixon .... set production assistant
Mark A. Dixon .... set production assistant
Karl Eubanks .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Jan Evans .... script supervisor
Edward Ferraro .... projectionist
Diana Godomski .... teacher
Diana Godomski .... welfare worker
Lisa Howard .... production auditor
Cha Cha Jago .... assistant auditor
Ellen Lazerow .... production assistant
Marc Levitt .... location manager
Linnea Lindstrom-Walsh .... production assistant
Cathy Miller .... production coordinator
Jody K. Morris .... office production assistant
Jennifer Oates .... assistant production coordinator
Kristin Palmiter .... assistant: Mr. Petrie
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles
Scott Peterson .... craft service
Craig Pointes .... location scout
Bailey Pryor .... production assistant (as G. Bailey Pryor)
Ken Rosen .... production assistant
R. Vincent Smith .... production assistant: Los Angeles
John Stephanov .... production assistant
David M. Stern .... production assistant
Lauren Beth Strogoff .... unit publicist
Lisa W. Strout .... location manager (as Lisa Strout)
Christina Renee Thanstrom .... assistant: Mr. Levinson & Mr. Rosenfeld
Caron Treger .... production assistant
Richard H. Whelan .... production assistant
Anna Ziss-Patton .... production assistant
Mary A. DeBriae .... stand-in: Julia Roberts (uncredited)
Michael Mendelsohn .... production financing (uncredited)
Angela Lavoie .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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104 min
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Did You Know?

With the exception of a few exterior shots of downtown Mystic, most of the film was shot in nearby Connecticut and Rhode Island.See more »
Errors in geography: When Jo-Jo is arguing with her boyfriend as his fishing boat is heading out to sea, the boat is actually going up river. This is hidden pretty well, but Mystic residents have noticed.See more »
[giving a pizza to Kat]
Daisy:Say hello to Mom for me.
Katherine:No, I'll be late for my interview.
Daisy:Well, then you better hurry!
Katherine:I've been three times this week.
Daisy:Four, and you go to Heaven.
[Kat leaves]
Daisy:Kat, such a good girl. Where did we go wrong with her sister Daisy?
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
What's the secret ingredient in the pizza?, 9 January 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

Pizza, that delicious Italian dish has been adapted by people all over the world into their own way to express their interpretation about the way it should taste. It's not surprising that in Mystic, Ct., where there's a large Portuguese population, Leona, the owner of the Mystic Pizza restaurant has created a concoction that is admired by everyone. Don't ask her to reveal her ingredients because she will not tell you.

Daniel Petrie, the director, takes us along for a ride to this coastal town in which Amy Jones' story is set. We meet the three friends that work in the restaurant, Jojo, Daisy and Kat; the last two are sisters. Jojo is intense, but has a problem accepting the fact that Bill, her fiancé, wants to formalize their engagement. In the opening scenes we watch as Jojo faints in the church where she is marrying Bill. Panic strikes and she jilts him.

Daisy, is a beautiful girl who appears to be grounded. When Charlie, the preppy guy finds her at a local bar, it seems he is quite taken by her. Daisy, who should have known better embarks in a love affair with this young which one realizes is doomed from the start. Not only are they from two different worlds, but romances like these are just a passing fancy for wealthy boys. So is the involvement with the wise and intelligent Kat with Tim, the young father with a child who needs a sitter. Kat will be hurt in thinking Tim will want her over the absent wife.

"Mystic Pizza" is about the friendship of the three local girls and their way of looking at life from different angles. Annabeth Gish makes a great appearance in the film with her Kat. Lili Taylor is also good as Jojo. This was a film that presented Julia Roberts that hinted at her success as a movie actress. The rest of the cast plays well in the film. Vincent D'Onofrio, William Moses, Adam Storker and Conchata Farrell do good work under Mr. Petrie's direction. Seen in a small role that if one blinks, one would miss him, is Matt Damon making his first screen appearance.

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