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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, the film's release was botched by the studio. The film tested extremely well in previews and Columbia Pictures pushed the film out of its original late-August release date to mid-summer with little publicity and poor advertising. The film only played across half the United States rather than receiving a true wide-theatrical release and consequently flopped upon release. See more »

Goofs

Jeff pulls up sharply next to the tow truck in front of the train, and proceeds to fiddle with the tilt tray controls to roll the car on the back off, yet the driver of the truck fails to react in any way. See more »

Quotes

[Rudy and Big Jim are watching Barbara's commercial, which has been doctored]
Barbara Jane Fuchs: Come down and see the, uh, mile of cars we have on our lot.
Rudy: Did she just say "mile of cars"? She said she had a "mile of cars".
Big Jim: That's the most blatant claim of false advertising I ever heard in my life...
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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 (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER
(uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
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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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