Used Cars

Used Cars

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Frank McRae

     
 

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Used Cars is one of Robert Zemeckis' pre-Roger Rabbit and pre-Forrest Gump efforts starring Kurt Russell is a devious car salesman who goes to work for affable but monumentally unsuccessful used car dealer Jack Warden. Warden's principal rival is his more prosperous twin brother, also played by Warden, who schemes to take over the "good" brother'sSee more details below

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Used Cars is one of Robert Zemeckis' pre-Roger Rabbit and pre-Forrest Gump efforts starring Kurt Russell is a devious car salesman who goes to work for affable but monumentally unsuccessful used car dealer Jack Warden. Warden's principal rival is his more prosperous twin brother, also played by Warden, who schemes to take over the "good" brother's lot. After a series of raunchy vignettes, the film boils down to an every-man-for-himself price war between the two Wardens, which rages on even after we're one Warden short. The supporting cast of Used Cars is populated by such reliables as David L. Lander, Michael McKean, Al Lewis, Dub Taylor, Dick Miller and Betty Thomas.

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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:
06/04/1996
UPC:
0043396602526
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

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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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