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Used Cars (1980)

Kurt Russell , Jack Warden , Robert Zemeckis  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, Deborah Harmon
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
  • Producers: Bob Gale, John G. Wilson, John Milius, Steven Spielberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UEQX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A hilarious comic salute to those supersalesmen whose persuasive pitches transform rattling wrecks into "pre-owned" dream cars. Jack Warden is brilliant in a double role as two feuding brothers Luke and Roy L. Fuchs, who own competing car lots and are trying to drive each other out of business. Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) is Luke's ace salesman, a charming and conniving cheat and liar who is merelyin training for his true ambition - politics. In one of Rudy's most outrageous advertising ploys, he hires a model (Penthouse Pet of the Year, Cheryl Rixon) to strip on television, and they all wind up in a crazy automobile stampede involving 200 vintage cars in a high-speed chase that becomes a free-for-all demolition derby.

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
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...when you listen to the audio commentary by Robert Zemeckis, Kurt Russell and Bob Gale!
This movie has such little redeeming social qualities, one is almost tempted to never acknowledge having seen it, must less acknowledge that you laughed yourself silly when you saw it in 1980, but I've got to confess. Not only did I enjoy it the first 10 times I saw it, but now with the audio commentary by Zemeckis, Russell and Gale you will have your sides hurting from all your laughing.
While Kurt Russell is the star of the movie and he gives a memorable performance, it's Jack Warden in the duo role of competing auto car dealership owners who steals it. I've never seen Warden give a bad performance, and in this movie you get two great performances. However, he's not the only actor who gives an over-the-top performance:
Gerrit Graham as the suspicious co-conspirator/salesman is about as disrespectable a salesman as one would ever find, with a libido that would make one hesitant about introducing him to ones sister.
Frank McRae plays Jim the mechanic, who along with the beagle that plays Toby, rounds out a cast of true misfits
This DVD normally would be rated 4 stars, but with the audio commentary by Kemeckis, Russell and Gale you can multiply those by a 1.25 factor for a full 5 stars.
One note: DO NOT TRY TO EAT OR DRINK WHILE LISTENING TO THE AUDIO COMMENTARY, cause you'll be laughing so hard you might accidentally choke on your food.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiliarous movie! June 18, 2000
By Rick
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This movie is incredibly funny! It's a movie that pulls no punches, and will hit you square onto your funny bone. Kurt Russell's best role, starring as Rudy Russo, a used car salesmen who's ambition is to run for congress. Rudy works for a guy named Luke Fuchs, who owns the used car lot. His brother, Roy Fuchs, owns another lot directly across the highway. There's one thing Rudy must do before going to the Capitol Building - he first must protect the used car lot he works at before Roy claims the property, which would ultimately be used as part of a new new highway, which would increase business for Roy's lot. Roy will stop at nothing, even murdering his own brother! The script is amazing, the plot is original, and you'll finally know the schemes a used car salesman will employ to get you to buy a total klunker. Toby the dog is a riot! The dog, alone, had me rolling on the floor. Jack Warden puts on a great, great dual-performance as the rival brothers. 'Lenny' and 'Squiggy' from "Laverne & Shirley" star as friends of Rudy's. Al Lewis, the beloved 'Grandpa' from "The Munsters", stars as a mean, tobacco chewing judge. If you are into great movies, don't rent this one... *BUY IT* as part of your video collection!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What have I done to the children? September 4, 2006
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When cineophiles think of classic 80s comedies, I would only hope that Used Cars makes their list. I had the unique opportunity to watch this film, and it took me back to a time when bathroom humor and gross sexual jokes were not needed to create hysterical comedy. It reminded me of a time when spontaneity and simplicity allowed for more laughter than imagined. This was the case with Used Cars. As I am a man in the used car business, I was a bit nervous about watching this film and perhaps seeing myself muddled in the middle. Needless to say that after watching this movie, I believe that every used car salesman (or anyone in sales for that matter) should watch Used Cars for not just Zemeckis' silly look at the profession, but because it actually does cover the true basis needed to run a successful dealership. As I watched this film, I couldn't think that Zemeckis made Russell and Graham's characters into very creative individuals, sometimes bending the law to assist in gaining a stronger customer base. They were smart, shrewd, and clever when it came to making the customer feel comfortable buying a car from them, which opened the door to more laughs per mile than most modern day comedies. Used Cars is a staple in the comedy genre, demonstrating that you can spoof a career, reinvent an age old story, and use mathematics (1 mile of cars = 250 cars) all to make a viewer laugh. It is a film that will make me laugh again and again, proving that it sustained well over the test of time.

I genuinely miss these types of comedies. Used Cars reminded me of a combination of The Blues Brothers, Police Academy, and License to Drive. It reminded me of a time when comedy was funny because of the language, actions, and final result.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Classic Funnies! August 12, 2006
By Walt
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This has been my favorite comedy for along time. You'll have to watch it more than once to catch ALL the little remarks and events. Just remember $50 never killed anybody, and what about red cars!?..Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT F'IN MOVIE! WATCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN! December 28, 2005
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USED CARS came out in 1980, and is without a doubt a classic. Kurt Russels finest role next to Captain Ron. The plot basically revolves around two brothers (both played by Jack Warden) who own used car lots right across from each other. They go to extremes to divert attention away from the others car lot. Kurt Russel is the young guy trying to help and meanwhile pursue a love interest while being a complete skeezball (hey, he's selling used cars here!)
I haven't seen this movie in ages but I used to watch this one all the time back when I was a kid. My dad had the video and he too, loved it. Great tasteless fun, especially when they air the television commercial over (president) Carters Address. Or when they stick that old guys dead corpse into one of his cars to make it look like an accident. Oh yeah, a thousand laughs in this piece.
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