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Used People (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 January 1993 (USA)
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At her husband's funeral, Pearl (Shirley MacLaine), Jewish mother of two divorced and antagonistic daughters, meets an old Italian friend (Marcello Mastroianni) of her husband, whose advice... See full summary »



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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Meledandri
Bibby Berman
Emma Tammi ...
Young Bibby
Asia Vieira ...
Young Norma
Lee Wallace ...
Uncle Harry
Louis Guss ...
Uncle Normy
Gil Filar ...
Maia Filar ...
Irving Metzman ...
Uncle Al
Matthew Branton ...
David Gow ...
Bill the Jeweler


At her husband's funeral, Pearl (Shirley MacLaine), Jewish mother of two divorced and antagonistic daughters, meets an old Italian friend (Marcello Mastroianni) of her husband, whose advice years previously had stopped the husband leaving home. For 23 years he, now a widower, has secretly loved Pearl... Written by <james.foulkes@ci.educ.lu>

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A story about love, family and other embarrassments.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for elements of sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Romance otoñal  »

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Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)


$17,957,265 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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"Moonstruck" wanna-be
16 December 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Curiously cast, indifferently-made character-comedy never quite gets off the ground. There are some colorful and funny moments in "Used People", but it doesn't sparkle, it doesn't have any magic, it's just ordinary--and that's a shame. Shirley MacLaine is a widowed Jewish matriarch who falls in love again, much to the distress of her dysfunctional, now-grown children. I don't know about most viewers, but I had trouble accepting Kathy Bates as MacLaine's daughter (likewise Jessica Tandy as MacLaine's mother). It doesn't ring true, and the direction is askew and uneven throughout, yet there's a lot of sterling talent on display here and some of the dialogue is very funny. ** from ****

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