• Used Cars (1980)

Used Cars

Release Date: 1980

DVD Release Date: February 5th, 2002

R |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) is an unscrupulous car salesman who aspires to become a politician. In the meantime, however, Rudy works for the nice but ineffective automobile dealer Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden). When Luke dies, Rudy takes over the lot, but he faces stiff competition from the scheming Roy L. Fuchs (also Warden) who wants his brother's business for himself. In order to get more customers, Rudy and Roy each devise ridiculous promotions to gain the upper hand.

Cast: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, Deborah Harmon, Joe Flaherty, David L. Lander, Michael McKean

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Columbia

Keywords: Rivalry, Amusing, Competition, 1980s, Underdog, Daughter, Cheeky, Brother

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 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, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and loadsa money. Infinitely more caustic than these blockbusters, Used Cars runs on a contemporary screwball motor with a slapstick chassis show more

  • 90
    Pauline KaelThe New Yorker

    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 used-car dealers in the booming Southwest, this picture has a wonderful, energetic heartlessness; it's an American tall-tale movie in a Pop Art form. The premise is that honesty doesn't exist; if you develop a liking for some of the characters, it's not because they're free of avarice but because of their style of avarice.

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