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Cadillac Man

4.2 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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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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  • 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:
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V9HT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cadillac Man" on IMDb

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By Daniel A. Fincke on September 15, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
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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By A Customer on 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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This and "Bird Cage" are probably my two favorite movies from Robin Williams. Loved the cast. Nearly every scene was brilliant and funny-right from start when he tries to sell a car to Elaine Stritch.
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I enjoyed watching this and play it a lot. I love the comedy and craziness of Robin Williams! Tim Robbins character was sorta alright but I'm NOT a big fan of his films where his role as an actor really doesn't tickle my fancy! Anyway, good flick to watch!
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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). Now that I got it, I figure its limited TV broadcast is related to its colorful language. I told my teenaged son (who doesn't like swearing) this movie has a bit of it, so be forewarned. But I told him it is one of the funniest movies around, so we watched it together. Boy, one of the few movies where 1970s comedy still works with today's youngsters! We were both laughing on the ground. Everyone is just so perfectly cast with dialog that just keeps coming at you. CM has weathered time so well because of Robin Williams characterization and the twists and turns in people's behavior. So easy to relate to so much of the movie. Hope still lives!
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Part of my affinity for Cadillac Man derives from the fact that my father was a used car salesman for many years. He worked for dealership, had his own car lot and worked as a used car wholesaler (buying used trade-ins from one dealer and selling them to another dealer). But my love for this movie is based upon so much more. The key is Robin Williams, who I was a fan of all the way back to when he first exploded on the public consciousness as Mork. My brother and I had Williams’s comedy album “Reality, What a Concept” and I can still recite a few sections from it. Granted, some of William’s later work could be a little flat but in this role he is hitting on all cylinders as the hustling salesman focused more on skirt chasing than his job. With pressures mounting in his personal life and his job on line as his dealership is building for the supper one day sell, William’s shakes and bakes to sell cars and juggle women. When the sale is disrupted by Tom Robbins as a disgruntled husband, a hostage situation results and Williams embarks on a road of cleansing and rebirth. Throughout Williams plays the hustling Joey O’Brian as the super slick sales guru with a smart aleck line but also with a soft heart buried beneath. William’s snarky salesman’s decent and then rebirth is fun ride and it is complimented in many ways. Tim Robbins is fantastic as the goofy Larry, bringing to mind his stellar performance in Bull Durham as Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh. The movie is directed by the very capable Roger Donaldson and he builds the tension and manages the action very well. There is a wide and diverse supporting cast that is stout and many nifty bits of comedy spread throughout. It’s a fun movie and you don’t have to have a family member in the car business to enjoy it.
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