Used Cars
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Used Cars

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Frank McRae

     
 

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Robert Zemeckis' comedy Used Cars comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, French, and Portuguese soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well as Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Supplemental materialsSee more details below

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Robert Zemeckis' comedy Used Cars comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, French, and Portuguese soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well as Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Supplemental materials include a commentary recorded by director Zemeckis, lead actor Kurt Russell, and co-writer Bob Gale. Also on the disc are outtakes, talent files, production notes, an advertising gallery, television advertisements, and radio promotional spots. This is an excellent disc from Columbia/TriStar.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Director/writer Robert Zemeckis works with much of the same team that contributed to Steven Spielberg's bloated bomb 1941 and Zemeckis' own charming and wacky directorial debut I Wanna Hold Your Hand to produceUsed Cars, a low-brow comedy boasting easy targets (used car salesmen) and irresistibly attractive cruelty. The film's incessant assault on its characters and their perverse quest for the American Holy Grail (money and power) has the pacing and energy of a 1930's zany screwball comedy, but is much darker in spirit. Kurt Russell, in a stunning break from his youthful Disney roles, epitomizes the archetypal unscrupulous salesman who will stop at nothing to rip off his customers and crush the competition. The entire cast, many of whom were plucked from such 1960's and '70's schlock as The Munsters, Laverne and Shirley, and The Gong Show, appear to be enjoying themselves immensely as they cavort through this ridiculously obnoxious material. The anger at the heart of the humor, as well as the broadness (some say tastelessness) of the comedy combined to limit the film's audience. Zemeckis, however, was able to springboard from Used Cars to the kinder, gentler Indiana Jones homage Romancing the Stone, the wildly successful Back to the Future trilogy, and, eventually, to the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
UPC:
0043396058514
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
15,706

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Vintage advertising gallery; Audio commentary by Robert Zemeckis, Kurt Russell, and Bob Gale; Outtakes; Radio & TV promotional materials; Bonus Trailers; Talent Files; Production notes; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell Rudy Russo
Jack Warden Roy L. Fuchs/Luke Fuchs
Frank McRae Jim, the Mechanic
Gerritt Graham Jeff
Deborah Harmon Barbara Fuchs
Michael McKean Eddie Winslow
Joe Flaherty Sam Slaton
David L. Lander Freddie Paris
Michael Talbott Mickey
Harry Northrup Carmine
Alfonso Arau Manuel
Lewis Judge Harrison
Woodrow Parfrey Mr. Chertner
Andrew Duncan Charlie
Dub Taylor Tucker
Claude Earl Jones Al
Dan Barrows Stanley Dewoski
Cheryl Rixon Margaret
Marc McClure "Heavy Duty" Dubois
Dick Miller Couple in Bed
Rita Taggart Couple in Bed
Gene Blakely Mr. Books
Betty Thomas Bunny
Russ Fega Bus Boy
Tiny Wells Food Giant
Allen Wood Bailiff
John Abbott Clem
Sam Ingraffia Court Assistant
Wendie Jo Sperber Nervous Nona
Terence Knox Roose
Dave Adams Video Technician
Sandy Gibbons Cop at Roadblock
Mildred Brion Little Old Lady

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director,Screenwriter
Sally Dennison Casting
Bob Gale Producer,Screenwriter
Norman Gimbel Songwriter
Peter Jamison Production Designer
Michael Kahn Editor
Terry J. Leonard Stunts
John Milius Executive Producer
Donald M. Morgan Cinematographer
Jack Petty Makeup
Richard Luke Rothschild Asst. Director
Linda Spheeris Set Decoration/Design
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Patrick Williams Score Composer,Songwriter
John G. Wilson Associate Producer
Jack H. Young Makeup

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Baiting the Guy
3. Luke Fuchs
4. '57 Chevy Test Drive
5. A $50 Stroke
6. Luke's Funeral
7. X-Rated Commercial
8. Test Drive With Toby
9. Strippers
10. Barbara Fuchs
11. Taking Barbara to Dinner
12. Crumpled Ticket to Miami
13. Preparing the Break-In
14. New Deal Commercial
15. Beating Jeff
16. Viking Funeral
17. Barbara's Commercial
18. $40,000 on Kansas City
19. Mr. Tucker
20. Hanging Judge Harrison
21. Barbara Takes the Stand
22. 250 Cars, 250 Drives
23. Crash Course
24. Roadblock & Shortcut
25. "We Got Company"
26. Rudy to the Rescue
27. Jeff VS. the Train
28. 5,280 Feet

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