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Cadillac Man (1990)

Robin Williams , Tim Robbins , Roger Donaldson  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Tim Robbins, Pamela Reed, Fran Drescher, Zack Norman
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Writers: Ken Friedman
  • Producers: Roger Donaldson, Charles Roven, Ted Kurdyla
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V9HT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cadillac Man" on IMDb

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Whether he's pitching himself or the high-priced luxury cars at Turgeon Auto Sales, Joey O'Brien (Robin Williams) never lets a day go by without "doing" someone good. But Joey's schmoozed through life on cruise control for way too long...and now he's riding in the hot seat! Co-starring Tim Robbins (The Player), Pamela Reed (Kindergarten Cop) and Fran Drescher ("The Nanny"), Cadillac Man is a non-stop joy ride of comic lunacy! Joey O'Brien's got some serious troubles. A mafioso wants his hide. The women in his lifean ex-wife, a space cadet girlfriend and someone else's wifeare all trying his patience. And to top it off, Turgeon Auto's inventory is priced to goand so is he unless sales pick up. But just when Joey thought it could get no worse itdoes! Into the showroom walks Larry (Robbins), a lunkhead terminator with an axe to grind. He's notexactly looking for a new set of whitewalls. He's loaded down with explosives and looking for the man who's been "doing" his wife! Now in a life-or-death situation, Joey is forced to do the one thinghe does best...lie!

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reasons They Hated It Are The Reasons I Love It September 15, 2001
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Critics (and I guess most audiences) seem to dislike this movie for looking like one kind of movie and yet turning into another and for not deciding whether it wants to be a comedy or a hostage drama. The beauty of the film the many times I have seen it is that it DOES make one both "laugh and cry," or, if not cry, "laugh and care" as though the characters are worth emoting with a little. Why is that bad? I don't know.
The other major criticism is similar, it is that the film should be either about sly carsalesman in a competition for their jobs or it should be about a hostage crisis and not spend the entire exposition setting us up for a car sales competition. Again, that the movie should pick what it is about more clearly, is the critique. This criticism seems thoroughly not to feel with the movie but impose expectations of formula unfairly on a surprising movie. The movie sets up the audience to empathize with the screwed up priorities of its screwed up protagonist (Robin Williams) only to put those priorities and all of his life in perspective with the insurgance of Tim Robbins' character into the situation.
It is a great movie about rediscovering what is important when there is a gun to one's head. AND a really funny comedy, so it is a movie that works both dramatically and comedically and genuinely turns me from a little sleazed by the beginning to feeling a little warm and gooey inside by the end. If only more films moved in that direction, daring to break with formula and introduce genuine drama while still managing to uplift the spirit by the end in a way that feels genuine, maybe we'd have more than one or two comedies worth watching every year.
Plus, Tim Robbins and Robin Williams are perfect in their roles and there's always the pre-nanny Fran Drescher to get a kick out of.
A movie that is definitely worthwile and deserving of the DVD release that it likely will be unthinkingly and unjustly denied.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Near-Masterpiece October 14, 2000
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Largely unknown and underrated, this film is truly marvelous. It was skewered by critics when it first opened with them calling it "uneven" and "odd." In fact, I hadn't known about it till a friend recommended it to me. When I rented it, I was truly touched. I understood that the film was supposed to be funny, but I can never say I truly laughed. Certainly not because it failed at this, but it is because these "jokes" and "one-liners" are who we are. This film represents the common men of society: hard-working, flawed, and sometimes easily manipulated. It carries out everything about the average joe (like me) so movingly and (oh yes) even powerfully that you don't know what genre this movie belongs in. In my local Blockbuster Video store, it is in the comedy section. In other video rental stores I've been in, it was in drama. Yet this movie belongs in a category of its own: the LIFE category. It is a film about the beauty and downfall of all of us. The cast: Williams, Robbins, and all the gals involved were perfectly cast in their stereotypical roles. It isn't a by-the-numbers cheery little comedy, but it is realistic and, just like in life, shows how we can start out from slapstick and work our way down to being held hostage at gunpoint having our lives on the line.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Comic Hostage Drama? March 24, 2001
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That's the basic problem. This film can't seem to make up its mind whether it wants to be a comedy or a hostage drama.
The acting is really pretty good -- how can it not be with Robin Williams, Tim Robbins and Fran Drescher? But the audience never knows whether to laugh or cry.
Five stars for creativity and taking a big chance. Unfortunately it doesn't work.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Americana February 7, 2003
For us living outside the US Cadillac Man is a masterpiece of a light comedy, a sort of essential oil of Americana.
People and situations are both funny, real and so human, so far from the boring, rigid realities of old Europe.
We love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun and Excitement! July 13, 1999
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I saw this film back in 1990, when it first opened in theatres and I love it. Everything about it is extravagent: music, acting, set, dialouge, and plot. It is a funny yet suspenseful comedy/drama that will make you stick to your seat watching until the very end. Even during the closing credits, I wanted to sit through these to listen to that wonderful "Cadillac Man" song. Worth owning for the music alone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robin Williams most underrated film September 12, 2000
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Robin Williams is so sleazy in this movie that it's easy to dislike the film, but it's a fine performance with great chemistry between him and Tim Robbins. Lots of laughs, and in the end, it turns out to be quite a "feel-good" movie. Watch it more than once... it keeps getting funnier!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ex-Mork turns to selling cars! June 13, 2004
Robin Williams,the brilliant comedian who delighted audiences starring on the ABC sitcom "Mork & Mindy",is a car salesman named Joey O'Brien. Joey is divorced with a teenage daughter who lives with her mother and Joey's ex-wife Tina(Pamela Reed). Joey also is having an affair with a married woman,Joy Munchack(pre-The Nanny Fran Drescher). First,Joey helps a funeral director place a coffin inside a pick-up truck,with the new widow nearby. Joey sells the widow a car before her husband's interment. "You sleaze! You are the scum of the earth!",the widow tells Joey. Tim Robbins is Larry,the violently crazy husband of Donna(Annabella Sciorra),one of Joey's co-workers. All hell breaks loose at Turgeon Auto when Larry crashes through the establishment's windows via his motorcycle with a semi-automatic gun in hand. He wants to kill the guy who's having an affair with Donna. Larry holds everybody at TA hostage,even Joey. Joey confessed to Larry,that Joey was having an affair with Donna. Joey has two other problems. He has to sell 12 cars by closing time to keep the business alive and his and Tina's daughter Lisa is missing. Joey confuses Lisa with Lila(Lori Petty),Joey's freaky fashion designer girlfriend. Happily,Lisa safely returns with her boyfriend Louie. Director Roger Donaldson previously directed Tom Cruise in 1988's COCKTAIL. If you love cars,this film is for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I watched the movies & enjoyed them all
This movie was a surprise, 3 for 1!! You get Running scared on another DVD & another movie with Dan Aykroyd & Walter Matthau as part 2, sorry I can't remember the name, I watched a... Read more
Published 4 days ago by meaner
Published 20 days ago by andy g
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
yes it's very funny, i enjoyed it very much
Published 1 month ago by papadon2
5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved this movie!
This has been such a favorite of my husband's since he's always been in sales. Movie came quickly, and was brand new, as far as condition.
Published 6 months ago by Lorilee
Robin William, a true genius, brilliant talent, smart and accomplished was stupid to get into this mess. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Roy Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Comic gem
I thought the film was terrific. Robin Williams was as usual, brilliant. This was a dark comic gem about a man who loves being a salesman, having to make a sale for his life; and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mel B.
2.0 out of 5 stars I did not like this movie
My husband and I thought this movie was boring and was not what we want to return it and get a different one
Published 12 months ago by Carmen L. Raines
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a Movie
I loved this movie when it first came out, but couldn't see it for a long time. It never came on TV (or only rarely). Read more
Published 21 months ago by c. bautista
5.0 out of 5 stars "If you don't like this plan, we'll make another plan."
I love this movie. It is about average people (like me) coping with life when everything is falling apart. Read more
Published on July 27, 2011 by Susan in Atlanta
4.0 out of 5 stars Many subtle jokes, but hilarious if you get them all
This movie is worth a watch, but only if you are willing to pay attention to the myriad subtle jokes in it. Read more
Published on June 20, 2010 by Brent Butler
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