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Used People (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 January 1993 (USA)
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At her husband's funeral, Pearl (Shirley MacLaine), Jewish mother of two divorced and antagonistic daughters, meets an old Italian friend (Marcello Mastroianni) of her husband, whose advice... See full summary »

Director:

Beeban Kidron

Writers:

Todd Graff (plays), Todd Graff (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Pearl Berman
Bob Dishy ... Jack
Emma Tammi ... Young Bibby
Asia Vieira ... Young Norma
Lee Wallace Lee Wallace ... Uncle Harry
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Uncle Normy
Kathy Bates ... Bibby Berman
Gil Filar Gil Filar ... Mark
Maia Filar ... Rhonda
Irving Metzman Irving Metzman ... Uncle Al
Matthew Branton Matthew Branton ... Swee' Pea
David Gow David Gow ... Bill the Jeweler
Marcia Gay Harden ... Norma
Jessica Tandy ... Freida
Sylvia Sidney ... Becky
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Storyline

At her husband's funeral, Pearl (Shirley MacLaine), Jewish mother of two divorced and antagonistic daughters, meets an old Italian friend (Marcello Mastroianni) of her husband, whose advice years previously had stopped the husband leaving home. For 23 years he, now a widower, has secretly loved Pearl... Written by <james.foulkes@ci.educ.lu>

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A story about love, family and other embarrassments.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for elements of sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance otoñal See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,957,265
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shirley Maclaine's character Pearl is based on writer Todd Graff's own grandmother. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, after it has jumped to 1969, the glimpse of the Manhattan skyline shows the skyline as it looked in 1993 (the Citicorp building built in 1978 is shown), and not as it would in 1969. See more »

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Referenced in Poisonous Women (1993) See more »

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Moonstruck Gone Schticky
5 October 2003 | by DamienWasHereSee all my reviews

This movie is a shameless, poor man's knockoff of the almost-as-bad and terribly overrated, "Moonstruck" --

MacClaine's performance is unbearable. What was with her attempt at an ethnic New York accent? She wound up sounding like Lanie Kazan with adenoids. Jessica Tandy, by this time, was on life support, and so overused and played out, that you've got to feel sorry for her.

Everybody else in the script, save for Marcello, has a "New Yawk" accent while Tandy sounds like the local Mrs. Vanderbilt. She must have gone to a finishing school in Flatbush.

Marcello is dragged into this mess in a blatant attempt to add legitimacy to the drivel -- poor guy.

Used People must have been green-lighted by a USED Car Salesman. It's a worse-than-Moonstruck (and that ain't easy) atrocity.

Sorry but I calls 'em as I sees 'em.

Damien


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