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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Used Cars

This movie is hysterical. It's definitely not for kids, though.
-Rudy Russo is a used car salesman who wants to run for State Senate. He comes to his boss Luke and asks him to front $10,000 to secure a spot. But problems come up as Luke's brother Roy, who runs a rival car lot across the street, wants the spot because a new highway intersection is due to be developed there. To make problems worse, Luke's long lost daughter shows up amidst the war between the two rival car lots

-Kurt Russell: Rudy Russo
-Gerrit Graham: Jeff
-Jack Warden: Roy L. Fuchs/Luke Fuchs
-Frank McRae: Jim the Mechanic
-Deborah Harmon: Barbara Fuchs
-Joe Flaherty: Sam Slaton
-David L. Lander: Freddie Paris
-Michael McKean: Eddie Winslow
-Alfonso Arau: Manuel

Did You Know?
-Initially, Jack Warden, who plays Roy Fuchs, didn't want the role. But Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis told him that actors love roles where they can act drunk, play dead or do multiple roles. Gale and Zemeckis told him he could also play the role of Roy's brother Luke and he accepted. So it's the same actor playing Roy and Luke

-At the time of this film's release, Laverne & Shirley was still in production, which explains why Michael McKean and David L. Lander are in this movie. They are both best known for their roles as Lenny & Squiggy on the show
-When the judge is in court, a small gallows can be seen. There is a tiny doll attached to it that, when he hits the button, the floor drops out. The doll is of Han Solo from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
-Filming was near impossible because the car lot was built across an actual section of Arizona highway
-Two of the cars that Rudy Russo passes off are a white Ford Thunderbird convertible and a black Mercury with flames. Both were featured in the film Grease; the T-Birds owning the Thunderbird and the Scorpions owning the Mercury
-In the scene where Rudy (Kurt Russell) and Jeff (Gerritt Graham) are shoveling dirt over Luke's burial spot, Gerritt Graham had no lines. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale had no lines for him and Graham kept annoying them for lines. It was finally decided Graham would repeat anything Russell said. Warden didn't know about this and when he said "What're you? A f---in' parrot?" The annoyance in his voice was real

-The film was made at Columbia Pictures because the head of the studio once sold cars, so he could understand it immediately
-When Jeff was shooting Roy's cars, there was real ammunition in the guns he used to shoot the windshields and headlights

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