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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 »

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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:
... Pearl Berman
... Jack
Emma Tammi ... Young Bibby
... Young Norma
Lee Wallace ... Uncle Harry
Louis Guss ... Uncle Normy
... Bibby Berman
Gil Filar ... Mark
... Rhonda
Irving Metzman ... Uncle Al
Matthew Branton ... Swee' Pea
David Gow ... Bill the Jeweler
... Norma
... Freida
... Becky
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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 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.

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

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Romance otoñal  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,957,265
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Shirley Maclaine's character Pearl is based on writer Todd Graff's own grandmother. See more »

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When Barbara is taking food from the refrigerator to take for the picnic, she removes a whole pie with a white meringue or cream topping. As she finishes packing the food, on top of the boxed food she places a half eaten chocolate pie. See more »

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Referenced in Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) See more »

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Performed by Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (as Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra)
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This film won three awards, and if you are into family life and gags...
7 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

The critics did not like this film, and it now rates only a 5.6 for IMDB votes, but have a read of the positive comments below. My wife and I enjoyed this film. There are many meaningful parts, numerous gags and funny situations amidst the painful family life portrayed a la NYC Jewish-Italiano.

The three awards include two Golden Globes, and with Shirley MacLaine, Marcello Mastroianni, Marcia Gay Harden, and Kathy Bates, there is a lot more to this film than either the critics or voting would indicate.

It may not everyone's cup of tea, but well worth a video rental if you can appreciate the messages about family life. A good flick - go ahead and try it.


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