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Used Cars (1980)

R | | Comedy | 11 July 1980 (USA)
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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
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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
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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>

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Like new, great looking and fully loaded with laughs. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Originally intended for nationwide release in August 1980, Columbia Pictures executives decided to move up the release date to mid-July due to its overwhelmingly positive premier screenings and hoping to cash in on the reliably abundant summer movie audiences. This meant that the film would be released with little advance marketing. This also resulted in the film opening the same week as "Airplane!", which was heavily promoted and proved itself an instant critical and financial success, leaving Used Cars in the proverbial dust. Robert Zemeckis directly blamed Columbia Pictures' lack of proper marketing and impulsive premature release for the film's poor box office performance. See more »

Goofs

When Roy Fuchs is getting out of the car to go after Jeff, one scene shows him already out of the car and in the next, he is just getting out of the car. See more »

Quotes

Al's Kid: [pointing at the television] Hey look. Bare tits!
Al's Wife: That's disgusting! Oh, I don't want my children to see this!
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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 »


Soundtracks

Used Cars
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Patrick Williams
Performed by Bobby Bare
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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


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Used Cars See more »

Filming Locations:

Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,715,321

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,715,321
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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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