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Cadillac Man (1990)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  18 May 1990 (USA)
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Joe's a car salesman with a problem. He has two days to sell 12 cars or he loses his job. This would be a difficult task at the best of times but Joe has to contend with his girlfriends (... See full summary »

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Joe's a car salesman with a problem. He has two days to sell 12 cars or he loses his job. This would be a difficult task at the best of times but Joe has to contend with his girlfriends (he's two timing), a missing teenage daughter and an ex-wife. What more could go wrong ?.. a lot, enter a crazy jealous husband with a machine gun.. Written by Rob Hartill

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Legend. Lover. Salesman. A way with words. A way with women. And way over his head. See more »

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18 May 1990 (USA)  »

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Cadillac Man - Mister occasionissima  »

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$27,627,310 (USA)
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One of two 1990 movies starring Robin Williams. The other was Awakenings (1990). See more »

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Although a Jewish funeral and cemetery are shown at the opening of the film, as evidenced by the tombstone inscriptions, flowers are seen accompanying the coffin. This is inconsistent with Jewish burial tradition, where flowers are never used in the funeral ceremony. See more »

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[first lines]
Funeral Director: [funeral procession of cars is halted and the engine of the hearse is smoking] I don't know what's wrong with it! I thought you guys were supposed to service this thing!
Hearse Driver: I don't know why he didn't service it.
Funeral Director: Yeah, yeah, "I don't know".
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At the end of the credits of the cast, it says: Oh... and Elaine Stritch as the widow See more »

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References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

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TATTLER
Written by Ry Cooder and Russ Titelman
Published by Tonopath & Tidewater Music Corp.
Performed by Ry Cooder
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Just OK
22 March 2012 | by (Bundelkhand Region) – See all my reviews

What is it about Cadillac Man that has such a powerful psychological effect on the human mind? This structure is first a contrast to the structures that dominate our lives. Its shape whilst stable breaks with the perpendicular code of the normal structures that rule our lives. Difference attracts us. Its a physical summation of our place in the order of things. Without us knowing it, The Cadillac Man takes our thoughts to God.

The plot thickens as I learn that Quantum Mechanics is based entirely on wave functions! I am studying Sanskrit to understand Quantum Mechanics. The equivalent of harmony (harmonics) in music is seen in matter in the form of Symmetry. Hence my connection to the protagonist (Robin Williams; how many times do you need to see him try to cackle and doubletalk his way through some serious situations in his lame attempts at humor?). Symmetry in turn will account for the multidimensional aspects of Quantum Mechanics. The more I look at this the more amazing it seems. The Cosmology of the Tantrics has a lot in common with modern physicists ideas today. Screwed up priorities of its screwed up cosmasphere (only to put those priorities and his very life in perspective with the insurgance of the Tim Robbin character into the mix).

It is a great movie about rediscovering what is important when there is a gun to one's head --look at the movie Close Encounters (1982) - how communication was done. My angle is from Mantra. If only more films moved in that direction, daring to break with formula and introduce genuine anti-American dialogue while still managing to uplift the spirit by the end in a way that feels genuine, maybe we'd have more than one or two comedies worth watching every year. Plus, Tim Robbins and Robin Williams are perfect in their roles and there's always the pre-boob-job Fran Drescher to admire.

Remade in Bollywood under the title: Musafir (2002) Five stars for creativity and taking a big chance. Unfortunately it doesn't work.


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