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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

Writers:

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 »

Genres:

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:

Pizza Pizza - Ein Stück vom Himmel See more »

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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

Actress Conchata Ferrell would work with Julia Roberts a second time for Erin Brockovich (2000) around twelve years after Mystic Pizza (1988). See more »

Goofs

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

[giving a pizza to Kat]
Daisy: Say hello to Mom for me.
Katherine: No, I'll be late for my interview.
Daisy: Well, then you better hurry!
Katherine: I've been three times this week.
Daisy: Four, and you go to Heaven.
[Kat leaves]
Daisy: Kat, such a good girl. Where did we go wrong with her sister Daisy?
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Video Discoveries (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

These Are the Times to Remember
Music by Franke Previte and Brad Fiedel
Lyrics by Franke Previte
Published by Samuel Goldwyn Music Co. (ASCAP) / Knockout Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Jill Colucci
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A story of 3 waitresses and the pizza shop owner coming to terms with thier lives, strong "7" of 10 rating.
25 December 2000 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

"Mystic Pizza" is the film that served notice that Julia Roberts, as "Daisy", was destined to be a name actress. The movie's name comes from the location - the pizza shop in Mystic, Conn., a fishing village with a concentration of Portugese immigrants. Matt Damon also had a small part, as the younger brother "Steamer" of the rich boyfriend.

The 4 women in this film - the 3 waitresses and the pizza shop owner - all have significant hurdles to cross. The pizza shop is in financial danger, and depends on a great review by the food critic to bolster business. Daisy is somewhat of a misfit, a hothead with a lot of talent but somewhat lacking in direction, and who is being courted by a rich guy. Another, bound for Yale but financially poor, and things are complicated by an increasingly close relationship with the father who hires her as a babysitter while mom is working in England. The other, faints at the alter, and is having trouble with commitment, while her boyfriend continues to try and get her to marry him.

The acting is uniformly good, and there are both serious and funny situations. It is an easy movie to "get into", and there is a good sense of completion when it ends. Not earth-shaking, but I rate it a strong "7" of 10.


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