6.7/10
12,538
102 user 62 critic

Used Cars (1980)

R | | Comedy | 11 July 1980 (USA)
Trailer
1:51 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1964, six teenagers from New Jersey run off to see The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) in the hope of meeting their idols. However, they don't have tickets. Along the way, they learn new things about friendship and growing up.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Marc McClure
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mousy romance novelist sets off for Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure hunting for treasure with a mercenary rogue.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed
Captain Ron (1992)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A Chicagoan inherits an old yacht. He, his wife, daughter and son fly to a Caribbean island and hire a dubious Captain Ron to sail them on an adventure to Miami.

Director: Thom Eberhardt
Stars: Kurt Russell, Martin Short, Mary Kay Place
Swing Shift (1984)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an aircraft plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A burglar holds a knife to Karen's throat while her husband does nothing. The couple ends befriending the cop that comes. The friendship ends when the cop beats up the culprit. Karen isn't ready to end it. Things get ugly with the cop.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta, Madeleine Stowe
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Malcolm Anderson is a reporter for a Miami newspaper. He's had enough of reporting the local murders and so promises his school teacher girlfriend (Christine), they'll move away soon. ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Borsos
Stars: Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

George Burns stars as a former vaudevillian who befriends a young runaway, played by fourteen-year-old Brooke Shields, who is being chased by drug dealers.

Director: Leonard Stern
Stars: George Burns, Brooke Shields, Lorraine Gary
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Stars: Tom Harrison, Christopher Lloyd, Kiefer Sutherland
Overboard (1987)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A cruel but beautiful heiress mocks and cheats a hired carpenter. When she gets amnesia after an accident, he decides to introduce her to regular life by convincing her they're husband and wife.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann
Used Cars (TV Movie 1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Victor Lobl
Stars: J.P. Bumstead, Pat Corley, Robert Costanzo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Rudy Russo
Jack Warden ... Roy L. Fuchs / Luke Fuchs
Gerrit Graham ... Jeff
Frank McRae ... Jim the Mechanic
Deborah Harmon ... Barbara Fuchs
Joe Flaherty ... Sam Slaton (as Joseph P. Flaherty)
David L. Lander ... Freddie Paris
Michael McKean ... Eddie Winslow
Michael Talbott ... Mickey
Harry Northup ... Carmine
Alfonso Arau ... Manuel
Al Lewis ... Judge Harrison
Woodrow Parfrey ... Mr. Ghertner
Andrew Duncan ... Charlie
Dub Taylor ... Tucker
Edit

Storyline

Used car salesman Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) needs money to run for State Senate, so he approaches his boss Luke (Jack Warden). Luke agrees to front him the $10,000 he needs, but then encounters an "accident" orchestrated by his brother Roy also played by Warden, who runs the car lot across the street. Roy is hoping to claim title to his brother's property because Roy's paying off the mayor to put the new interstate through the area. After Luke disappears, it's all out war between the competing car shops, and no nasty trick is off limits as Rudy and his gang fight to keep Roy from taking Luke's property. Then Luke's daughter shows up. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Meet car dealer Roy L. Fuchs: dishonest, disreputable, disgraceful, he's the bad guy. Across the street, his competitor Rudy Russo: dishonest, disreputable, disgraceful, he's the good guy. Walking into the middle of it is Barbara Jane Fuchs: moral, descent, honest, she's got a lot to learn. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mit einem Bein im Kittchen See more »

Filming Locations:

Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,715,321
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures, A-Team See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The used car lot set was built across an actual major highway in Arizona, which made filming very tough. See more »

Goofs

When Mickey is destroying the '57 Chevy during the test drive with Luke, Luke rips the Castrol GTX patch off Mickey's outer Castrol jacket, revealing the New Deal patch beneath. Yet the New Deal patch is never ripped off the inner jacket. Later, when dying, Luke drops the patch he ripped off which shows it to be a New Deal patch, leading Rudy to believe Luke's death was Roy's doing. The patch Luke ripped off was a Castrol GTX patch, not a New Deal patch. Where did the New Deal patch come from? See more »

Quotes

Rudy Russo: C'mon, Jeff! You've seen how bad business is. Thanks to Fuchs, our name is mud! Look... we had nuns, protesting out front when I got here this morning.
Jeff: Nuns?
Rudy Russo: Yeah. I had to have Jim turn the firehose on them.
Jim the Mechanic: [holds up the still wet firehose] And I knocked them motherfuckers right on they asses, too.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The film's closing credits state: "The producers wish to thank the governor, people and motion picture office of the State of Arizona for their cooperation in the production of this motion picture." See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 7 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Suckula (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stripper
(uncredited)
Music by David Rose
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
you get a lot of millage out of this baby
24 August 2005 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Kurt Russell is Rudy Russo a slimy, dishonest used car salesman working for Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden) who yearns to be in Congress, where the real payola is. When Luke dies from one of the schemes of his evil brother, Roy (Jack Warden again pulling double duty, who owns his own used car lot across the street) to get Luke's car lot, as his is going to be bulldozed to make room for a new offramp. It's up to Rudy to hide Luke's death from both Roy and Luke's daughter, Barbara (Deborah Harmon), whom Rudy is falling for despite himself. This movie is one of Robert Zemeckis's best films (right up there with the first "Back to the Future"), but whereas that's more or less a kid's fantasy, however great it might be. This is a true blue adult comedy that wears it's R rating on it's sleeve. And is all the more hilarious for it. Filled with a great many quotable lines, memorable scenes, and wonderfully zany characters, it's no wonder that I love it so much.

My Grade: B+

DVD Extras: Commentary by Robert Zemeckis, Kurt Russell, and Bob Gale; Outtakes; TV spot; 8 Radio spots; Advertising Gallery; filmagraphies; and Trailers for "So I Married an Axe Murderer", "Multiplicity" and "Groundhog Day"

Eye Candy: Deborah Harmon and Cheryl Rixon each get topless


26 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 102 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed