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Mystic Pizza (1988)

Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic.

Director:

Donald Petrie

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Amy Holden Jones (story) (as Amy Jones), Amy Holden Jones (screenplay) (as Amy Jones) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annabeth Gish ... Kat
Julia Roberts ... Daisy
Lili Taylor ... Jojo
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Bill (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
William R. Moses ... Tim
Adam Storke ... Charlie
Conchata Ferrell ... Leona
Joanna Merlin ... Mrs. Arujo
Porscha Radcliffe Porscha Radcliffe ... Phoebe
Bucky Walsh Bucky Walsh ... Manny (as Arthur Walsh)
John Fiore ... Jake
Gene Amoroso ... Mr. Barboza
Sheila Ferrini Sheila Ferrini ... Mrs. Barboza
Janet Zarish ... Nicole Travers
Louis Turenne Louis Turenne ... Everyday Gourmet
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Storyline

Sisters Kat and Daisy work along with Jojo at the pizza parlour in Mystic, Connecticut. Kat, shortly off to Yale, finds herself drawn to a local architect she is babysitting for, while her more tearaway sister starts dating a guy from the money side of the tracks. Jojo leaves her man at the altar; she loves him but shies away from commitment. Meanwhile the fame of the pizza continues to spread; it seems to contain something almost ..... mystic. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A romantic comedy with the works. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,163,939, 23 October 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,793,213
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Liam Neeson, who had co-starred with Julia Roberts whilst making Satisfaction (1988), visited the set of this picture. The pair had allegedly had a personal relationship on that earlier movie. Roberts then allegedly started seeing one of the grips whilst filming Mystic Pizza (1988). See more »

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When Jo, Kat and Daisy take Bill's truck for a joy ride; as they belt out Aretha Franklin's "R-E-S-P-E-C-T", an earpiece is clearly visible in Jo's left ear. The device is not present in other scenes. See more »

Quotes

Leona: Honey, you'd do just fine if you just used your head a little more
Daisy: Yeah, well, don't worry about me. I'm gonna slingin' pizza for the rest of my life
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I've Got You Under My Skin
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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One of the best "chick flicks"
25 March 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Movie about three young waitresses who work at Mystic Pizza in Mystic CT. Good girl Kat (Annabeth Gish)is going to college and falls in love with a married man (William Moses). Her sister, bad girl Daisy (Julia Roberts), falls in love with rich kid Charles (Adam Storke). And Jojo (Lili Taylor) is deeply in love with Bill (Vincent D'Onorfrio) but is afraid to marry him...which he wants.

Pretty predictable but still lots of fun. This was released with no fanfare in 1988 (Roberts was still unknown and there were no 'name' actors in the cast) and went on to become a surprise hit. That shouldn't be a shock--this is the type of movie that isn't really challenging or deep. You know the characters, you know the situations and you know it's going to have a happy ending. Still, there's nothing wrong with a film like that if it's entertaining and well-done--and this one is.

The script is lively and it was beautifully shot on location in CT (in Mystic and other towns). Gish is just great (and top-billed) in the movie. She was also 17 (the age of her character too) so it adds to the realism. Taylor is good but has little to do. Her character is very one note and ALWAYS yapping about commitment. Roberts is good but her character is TERRIBLE! Foul-mouthed, obnoxious and grating--her verbal abuse of her sister Kat is more than vicious. I really hated her! Nevertheless, this movie jump started her career. D'Onorfrio (a wonderful character actor) is given nothing to do but look handsome and hunky--which he does. Storke is VERY good-looking and gives a great performance as a rich kid--what ever happened to him? And Moses is just OK as a married man. Add Conchata Ferrell as the pizza store owner and Matt Damon in a one line role in his film debut.

A real nice, pleasing little movie. Perfectly catches the small town feeling too. Worth seeing. But don't let Roberts' face on the box fool you--it's NOT her movie.


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