Used Cars

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Released 1980

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Director:
Robert Zemeckis
Released:
1980
Rating:
R

Used Cars follows the intense rivalry of two used car dealerships as one struggles to survive a potential takeover. Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) is an up-and-coming salesman at New Deal used car lot, owned by the affable Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden). Russo has aspirations of running for Senate and Fuchs makes him a deal. If he can keep the car lot from going under, Fuchs will invest $10,000 in his campaign. Across the street, Luke's brother Roy Fuchs (Jack Warden) has his eye on New Deal when he learns a proposed freeway would take his business. He wants to collect on his brother's life insurance and take over his business so he orchestrates an accident that exploits his brother's bad heart. Luke dies, but to keep Roy from inheriting the dealership, Rudy hides the body and sets about drumming up business for the lot. Using a series of unorthodox commercials and questionable sales tactics, Rudy and the other salesmen revive teh business. Robert Zemeckis directs the 1980 comedy.

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  • 90

    The New Yorker Pauline Kael

    A classic screwball fantasy - a neglected modern comedy that's like a more restless and visually high-spirited version of the W.C. Fields pictures...Set in the world of competing u...

  • 80

    Time Out London

    With their unerring eye for potential, the distributors didn't release this hilarious black comedy to cinemas in Britain. Zemeckis subsequently went on to make Romancing the Stone,...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There are so many different characters and story lines in the movie that it's hard to keep everything straight, and harder still to care.

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