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Mystic Pizza [VHS] (1988)

Julia Roberts , Annabeth Gish , Donald Petrie  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julia Roberts, Annabeth Gish
  • Directors: Donald Petrie
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Original recording reissued
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: January 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in Mystic Connecticut.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Yes, this one was a pleasant surprise! No car chases, no explosions, just a well-written story about three friends in a small Connecticut town who work at the same pizza place. The thing is, I LIKED the people in this movie without being forced to by some unbelievable plot. Well worth seeing, even a second time!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julia At Her Best September 3, 2001
I first saw this movie after seeing Pretty Woman in the theater back in 1990, I instantly became a Julia fan. This is great movie with a great cast, the only thing I don't like about the DVD is it doesn't have the original cover/poster that has most of the cast on it. I think it's a better cover because this isn't just a Julia movie, and I know she would say the same.
Julia stars as Daisy, a girl who's never been able to live up to her mothers expectations so she only lives for herself, and is happy with it, until a rich young boy named Charles shows up at the local pool hall. He instantly falls for her, but Daisy is afraid that he is just using her to get back at his snobbish parents. "Bring home your poor Portuguese girlfriend, shake up the family a little bit." But Charlie isn't like that, and it isn't until Daisy discovers more about herself that she realizes this. Then there's her younger sister Kat(Annabeth Gish), whom her mother is so proud of because she will be attending Yale. Kat has never been in love and ends up falling for the married father of the young girl she babysits for; in this short time she gets to expierience the joys of love and the pain of being heartbroken when his wife returns.
Their friend Jo (Lili Taylor) is another story altogether. She loves her boyfriend Bill (Vincent Denofrio), a local fisherman, but every time she tries to walk down the isle she pictures herself fat and ugly with all these kids hanging around and ends up passing out.
In the end they all pass major milestones that come with life, and the movie ends with the girls looking into the stars.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Old Standards January 13, 2006
It's hard to believe that this little 1988 film has endured in popularity for so long. It is a simple story of three 'sisters' in the small fishing village of Mystic, CT who have just graduated highschool, work as waitress in the town Mystic Pizza parlor, and face decisions about the future of their lives. There are three less than fairytale romances with three male characters of varying potential as partners and it is the 'coming of age' in a small Portuguese clan that sparks the tenderness and the sadness of this story written by Amy Holden Jones and directed by Donald Petrie.

One of the most interesting aspects of this low budget film is how it catapulted Julia Roberts and Matt Damon (who plays such a bit part he nearly goes unnoticed) to fame, reinforced the careers of fine character actors Conchata Ferrell, Lili Taylor and Vincent D'Onofrio while pushing the then promising Annabeth Gish, William R. Moses and Adam Storke over into TV land roles.

The film is a bit of nostalgia for a better time, has charm and innocence, and will always be one of those movies everyone who is a film collector will keep in their library for times when a return to simple little movies just makes you feel good. Grady Harp, January 06
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Had Forgotten March 29, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape delightful this movie is. I had seen it probably 10 years ago, then I happen to catch it on TV the other day. I became caught up in it all over again. It's a well written story that is well acted. All three of the gals in this picture did a great job. I plan on purchasing it. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Watched the 1988 movie "Mystic Pizza" today. It was one of the first movies for the female leads Julia Roberts , Annabeth Gish (native of Cedar Falls, Iowa), and Lili Taylor. Interestingly, Gish's name appears before Roberts in the credits at the end. Gish has gone on to a productive career, mostly in television, Taylor has moved into a career in more independent, quirky movies while Roberts has gone on to...well, you know.

I read Roger Ebert's review and he gave the movie 3 1/2 starts (out of 4) when it came out. I wouldn't rate it that high (maybe 2 1/2 or 3 out of 4), but the movie has kind of a comfortable feeling to it and gets better as it goes along. You don't see many movies about work & work environments these days and I think the scenes in the Mystic Pizza Parlor are pretty good. The romantic storylines are pretty standard and as Ebert says, "The movie isn't really about three girls in love; it's about three girls discovering what their standards for love are going to be." All-in-all I liked the movie. Oh, and watch carefully for Matt Damon in his big-screen debut!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious entertainment May 15, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
There's a line from American Pie in which one of the young guys declares, "Women are like fine wine. They just get better with age." So true. All of the women in this movie are living proof of that, especially Annabeth Gish, who went from being merely girl-next-door pretty in Mystic Pizza, to the mature goddess we have seen on the X-Files.
Mystic Pizza is very much an ensemble movie, with no one person standing out above the rest. A very strong female cast is counterpointed by some solid male performances, such as that of the always superb Vince D'Onofrio - also check out The Cell, with Jennifer Lopez.
Beautifully filmed in Conn. New England, the movie is also a visual delight, and captures the reassuring simplicity of life in an Atlantic fishing community. I love Nova Scotia and Maine for the same reason. The original Mystic Pizza restaurant is still going strong and their website is well worth a visit.
All in all, a very sweet movie about real people and real family situations, and it remains one of my favorite movies of all time. I literally never tire of this modern classic. My only quibble is that the last spoken line is disturbingly unimaginative and anti-climactic. After crafting such a superb screenplay, the writers just seemed to run out of inspiration at the last hurdle. As Mr. Spock would say, "Fascinating."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was a little slow to get into. Not one of my favorites.
Published 1 day ago by Donna Fiala
4.0 out of 5 stars A very sweet and simple movie to watch on a friday evening ...
A very sweet and simple movie to watch on a friday evening with the kids or family. Have seen it many times and enjoyed it every time.
Published 3 days ago by Anna Sidana
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystic Pizza
This is one of our favorite movies and the pic quality is pretty good. I would recommend this movie to others. Thanks.
Published 24 days ago by Linda Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love most of Julia Roberts films.Great personality ande this is a very good movie with a cast I really enjoyed
Published 27 days ago by Shirley M. Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars A good movie.
This a great movie. I have been looking to re add it to my collection for awhile now. I found it here for a good price. It was as described and came in a timely manner.
Published 1 month ago by mariah
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystic Pizza
A great movie for young girl about the problems of work, school, love, marriage, and friendship. Great for the whole family.
Published 1 month ago by Joyce A. Kierstead
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best, Overlooked Movies of the 80s
If you grew up in the 80s, you've probably seen this movie once or twice. It never gets old for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ag218
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising how little Julia Roberts has changed
Cute movie, appealing characters, good actors - a nice, fun old classic.
Turns out Julia's face or her style have changed little since then - if you like her now, you'll... Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. Grinspan
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass
We liked the location where it was filmed. Otherwise it was a pretty silly movie with actors of questionable skill for the most part.
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Always fun to look back at where some of these actors started. Good story to go along with good characters!
Published 3 months ago by Patrick J. Sheehan
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