Used Cars 1980 R

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(181) IMDb 6.8/10
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A brash, fast-talking used car salesman wants to leave the business world and enter politics. First, though, he must help his boss save his used car lot from being taken over by his malicious and unscrupulous brother, who runs a rival used car lot directly across the highway.

Starring:
Kurt Russell, Jack Warden
Runtime:
1 hour 53 minutes

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Used Cars

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Robert Zemeckis
Starring Kurt Russell, Jack Warden
Supporting actors Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, Deborah Harmon, Joe Flaherty, David L. Lander, Michael McKean, Michael Talbott, Harry Northup, Alfonso Arau, Al Lewis, Woodrow Parfrey, Andrew Duncan, Dub Taylor, Claude Earl Jones, Beans Morocco, Cheryl Rixon, Wendie Jo Sperber, Marc McClure
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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Very funny movie.
Lawder
Even though we've watched it many, many times it always makes us laugh and some days you just really need to have a good laugh--you'll feel better.
d.d.owens
One of the funniest movies I ever seen.
Tall Paul

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By George McAdams VINE VOICE on March 20, 2002
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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 By Rick on June 18, 2000
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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 By A. Gyurisin on 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 By Walt on August 12, 2006
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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 By wally gator on 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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