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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kat
... Daisy
... Jojo
... Bill (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
... Tim
... Charlie
... Leona
... Mrs. Arujo
Porscha Radcliffe ... Phoebe
Bucky Walsh ... Manny (as Arthur Walsh)
... Jake
... Mr. Barboza
Sheila Ferrini ... Mrs. Barboza
... Nicole Travers
Louis Turenne ... Everyday Gourmet
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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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Discover a movie which hits home about love, friendship, dreams and life. A movie that you'll be talking about long afterwards. Experience something special, something romantic, something honest. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pizza Pizza - Ein Stück vom Himmel  »

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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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The nick-name of Katherine Arujo (Annabeth Gish) was "Kat", whilst the nick-name of Charles Gordon Windsor, Jr. (Adam Storke) was "Charlie", and the nickname of television food critic Hector Freshette (Louis Turenne) was "The Fireside Gourmet". See more »

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When Daisy and Charlie are on their first date in the restaurant, her hair is down. When she returns home, her hair is pulled back on both sides. See more »

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[first spoken lines]
Priest: Be seated.
[pause]
Priest: We're gathered here to witness and bless the joining together forever of William and Josefina in Christian marriage. The firm covenant of marriage is permanent in this lifetime because it was established by God, and once entered into it may never be broken without risk of eternal damnation. So we ask you now, in the presence of God, family, and friends, to declare your intentions to enter a binding and permanent union with one another for as long as you ...
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Is It Hot in Here
Written by Barry Coffing and Mark Heyes
Published by Tyrell Music Co. (BMI) / Special Friendship Music (BMI)
Performed by Renée Geyer (as Renee Geyer)
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One of the best "chick flicks"
25 March 2004 | by See 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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