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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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A high pressure sales pitch. A high pressure love life. For Joey O'Brien, life is no bed of Rollses. 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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Finnish censorship vision # 96765 delivered on 27-6-1990. See more »

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Credits show a character description "paparazzi" and lists one actor's name. Paparazzi is the plural masculine form of the Italian noun "paparazzo". Because there was only one photojournalist hoping for a picture of someone famous, the noun should be in the singular form in the credits. Therefore, the character's description should correctly be listed as "paparazzo". See more »

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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 The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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HIT THE ROAD JACK
Written by Percy Mayfield
Published by Gibb Brothers Music
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better than I anticipated.
25 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's 6.5 out of 10 stars for me for this dramedy that should have stayed nearer to drama toward the end.

What's great about it: Williams' performance. I don't think people were ready, at this time of his career, for a nuanced performance, but that's what this is. He breaks into being the crazed Williams of talk shows only twice, and briefly, during this film. Otherwise he is convincing as a middle-aged car salesman with complicated relationships and the absence of a long-term plan. His excellence at sales isn't limited to cars; he can talk many women into bed, and that's his downfall.

Robbins is also good as a stupid, jealous husband with a gun.

What's not as good: the supporting characters at the car dealership were under-written. The Chinese restaurant and police captain stuff was awful. I can't stand Fran Drescher, and I can't stand her here. (If you like her, you'll like her here.) The dog she's carrying was used too much, and I realize the yappiness was supposed to heighten the tension, but mostly it made me want to look for my own gun or consider shutting off the DVD. I never did see that his sacrifice during the hostage-taking was fully motivated. (Seems drastic to be willing to die just to avoid a stressful day.)

I did like the character of the ex-wife and that of the wannabe awful clothes designer girlfriend #2, played well by Lori Petty. Also, I liked the bizarre opening scene which is in the middle of a funeral procession. There's a how-to writing book I once read that said, bring all your characters on stage with their (attributes) flying. This opening scene did just that, so kudos to Ken Friedman.


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