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Garantie tot de hoek... (1980)

Used Cars (original title)
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>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1981 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Garantie tot de hoek... 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, 31 December 1980
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The reason Used Cars was made at Columbia Pictures was that Universal Pictures passed on it, and since the head of Columbia had once sold cars, he understood it right away. See more »

Goofs

When the judge measures the 1974 Mercury Montego, he says "You're two inches short." Jack Warden laughs and strikes the trunk lid, and the license plate drops, showing the gas cap. The gas cap on a 1974 Montego is really above the rear bumper, between the tail lights, behind a door. See more »

Quotes

Rudy: Margaret, let's take a look under the hood, shall we?
Margaret: WHAT!
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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

Remade as Used Cars (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

A CITY BUILT FOUR SQUARE
(uncredited)
Written by Dorothy Love Coates
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The Most Underrated, Overlooked Comedy EVER!
2 January 2016 | by valleycapfanSee all my reviews

This classic was largely overlooked back in 1980, due to a botched release and competition from Airplane! Even 35 years later, it still provides huge laughs and is a great vehicle for a then-young Kurt Russell. Truly raunchy, but not gratuitously so, this is definitely a movie for guys (and maybe some women who have a good sense of humor) and takes advantage of the era before political correctness took over(think Blazing Saddles). The supporting cast is terrific (including "Toby" the dog), the faux commercials are priceless, and the wild ending unforgettable, regardless of the silliness of it all.

One last thing: if you get the DVD, definitely watch the movie with the commentary by Kurt Russell, Bob Gale, and Bob Zemenkis. It's by far the best commentary I've seen for any movie and is nearly as funny as the movie itself. The fact that it was made 20 years after the movie was released means they have fun pointing out the films technical flaws and back stories.


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