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Used Cars (1980)

R | | Comedy | 11 July 1980 (USA)
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When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Rudy Russo
Jack Warden ... Roy L. Fuchs / Luke Fuchs
Gerrit Graham ... Jeff
Frank McRae ... Jim the Mechanic
Deborah Harmon ... Barbara Fuchs
Joe Flaherty ... Sam Slaton (as Joseph P. Flaherty)
David L. Lander ... Freddie Paris
Michael McKean ... Eddie Winslow
Michael Talbott ... Mickey
Harry Northup ... Carmine
Alfonso Arau ... Manuel
Al Lewis ... Judge Harrison
Woodrow Parfrey ... Mr. Ghertner
Andrew Duncan ... Charlie
Dub Taylor ... Tucker
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Storyline

Used car salesman Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) needs money to run for State Senate, so he approaches his boss Luke (Jack Warden). Luke agrees to front him the $10,000 he needs, but then encounters an "accident" orchestrated by his brother Roy also played by Warden, who runs the car lot across the street. Roy is hoping to claim title to his brother's property because Roy's paying off the mayor to put the new interstate through the area. After Luke disappears, it's all out war between the competing car shops, and no nasty trick is off limits as Rudy and his gang fight to keep Roy from taking Luke's property. Then Luke's daughter shows up. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Meet car dealer Roy L. Fuchs: dishonest, disreputable, disgraceful, he's the bad guy. Across the street, his competitor Rudy Russo: dishonest, disreputable, disgraceful, he's the good guy. Walking into the middle of it is Barbara Jane Fuchs: moral, descent, honest, she's got a lot to learn. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Used Cars See more »

Filming Locations:

Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,715,321

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,715,321
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures, A-Team See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The trial scene has Barbara Jane Fuchs getting grilled by the prosecutor, demanding to know if she can prove her car lot has over 200 cars on it. In the movie, Rudy Russo whispers to her from the back of the courtroom to lie and say yes, because he has a contact he can get them from in a hurry. However, in the film's trailer, to show how "honest" he is, he explicitly says to her, "I want you to get up on that stand - and lie." This scene does not appear in the movie. See more »

Goofs

As the Montego hits the ground after jumping the train, it sustains major front-end damage. When it arrives at the car lot, there is only minor damage (to be increased again when Jeff slams into another car). See more »

Quotes

Judge H. H. Harrison: I know you're seeing the same thing with those beady little eyes I'm seeing, Mr. Slaton. That sure does look like a mile of cars to me.
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Crazy Credits

The film's closing credits state: "The producers wish to thank the governor, people and motion picture office of the State of Arizona for their cooperation in the production of this motion picture." See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 7 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 2, Get Tannen (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

A City Built Four Square
(uncredited)
Written by Dorothy Love Coates
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Gross, Crude, Sick, tasteless, and VERY funny
9 June 2004 | by stuprinceSee all my reviews

This is a romantic comedy, but not one I would watch with my wife!

The tasteless jokes and one-liners roll out almost non-stop.

The movie verifies most everything we believe about used car salesmen, the "My boss will have a heart Attack" sales scene nearly brings me to tears I laugh so hard. Russell is at his best with some of the best character actors around joining in, I especially like the goofy Lenny and Squiggy, they just play two very disturbed individuals. Don't look for any deep meaning here, just crude humor a a very funny movie.



I give it 8/10


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