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Used People (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  16 December 1992 (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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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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Release Date:

16 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Romance otoñal  »

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$17,957,265 (USA)

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Shirley Maclaine's character Pearl is based on writer Todd Graff's own grandmother. See more »


In the beginning of the film, after it has jumped to 1969, the glimpse of the Manhattan skyline shows the skyline as it looked in 1993 (the Citicorp building built in 1978 is shown), and not as it would in 1969. See more »


Features The Graduate (1967) See more »


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Moonstruck Gone Schticky
5 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a shameless, poor man's knockoff of the almost-as-bad and terribly overrated, "Moonstruck" --

MacClaine's performance is unbearable. What was with her attempt at an ethnic New York accent? She wound up sounding like Lanie Kazan with adenoids. Jessica Tandy, by this time, was on life support, and so overused and played out, that you've got to feel sorry for her.

Everybody else in the script, save for Marcello, has a "New Yawk" accent while Tandy sounds like the local Mrs. Vanderbilt. She must have gone to a finishing school in Flatbush.

Marcello is dragged into this mess in a blatant attempt to add legitimacy to the drivel -- poor guy.

Used People must have been green-lighted by a USED Car Salesman. It's a worse-than-Moonstruck (and that ain't easy) atrocity.

Sorry but I calls 'em as I sees 'em.


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