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Used People (1992)

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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 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

The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates,Shirley MacLaine and Marcia Gay Harden; and two Oscar nominees: Sylvia Sidney and Marcello Mastroianni. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where people are up on their rooftops as they watch TV and see the first manned landing on the moon, the moon is shown above as a full moon. In actuality, the moon was still in its first quarter and looked like a crescent slightly less than a half-moon. See more »

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Features The Graduate (1967) See more »

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It's packed, it's fast-moving, it's funny, it's wonderfully acted - above all, it's human.
24 January 1999 | by Jim-249See all my reviews

If you like the "Moonstruck" kind of film - a many-layered, multi-charactered tumble of the comic and the tragic (with plenty of shouting and raging) romping to a happy ending - you'll love this. It's packed, it's fast-moving, it's funny, it's wonderfully acted - above all, it's human. The elderly, gentle Mastroianni still charms and delights, though it's a pity they challenged his English with so many difficult lines. As a counterbalance, Shirley Maclean is a Fury again (cf. "Steel Magnolias"), to be smoothed and softened only by the friction with daughter Bibby (Kathy Bates) and the dedication of her new suitor. True, the story has its creaks and groans - what better to road to a woman's heart than to save her grandson from certain death? - but exuberance carries the day, we are swept along and are happy to rejoice with the rest of the cast in the Grand Finale. Of course, if you didn't like "Moonstruck" . . .


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