Used People (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  22 January 1993 (USA)
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At her husband's funeral, Pearl (Shirley Maclean), 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 Maclean), 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 <>

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A story about love, family and other embarrassments.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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22 January 1993 (USA)  »

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Romance otoñal  »

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$17,957,265 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Splendid production
10 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing this film, still not available on DVD, one wants to say, "How did this movie ever get made?" It is funny, intelligent, sensitive, and perceptive. No exploding cars. No teens making out. No monsters from outer space. Used People is just excellent and thoughtful entertainment of a sort that makes one want to cheer. The script is unusually good, and the acting is outstanding. The leads, Marcello Mastronini and Shirley McLaine, could not have been selected and directed with greater care. Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, and Marcia Gay Harden are terrific. The photography is outstanding, and the sets recreate the 1940s and late 1960s very believably. The contrast between Jewish and Italian families in New York is most amusing. Why were no academy awards lavished on this film? Perhaps because it is out of step with contemporary cultural norms and deals essentially with seniors, i.e. people who have lived through much and have a measure of wisdom. Don't miss it.

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