Used Cars (1980)

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When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.

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26 May 2004 | firehouse44
"Hey, Fifty Dollars never killed anybody...."
Entirely zany early work from talented director Robert Zemeckis about two car yards in direct competition with one another. Superb character actor Jack Warden plays dual roles as the owner of each business. The less glamorous yard is run by kindly Luke Fuchs, and the glitzy dealership is owned by his arrogant, loud mouth brother Roy L. Fuchs ! A youthful Kurt Russell & Gerritt Graham are the two fast talking, womanising car salesmen in the employ of Luke Fuchs, and there is nothing they won't do to increase business including cutting into football games & Presidential broadcasts with their own crazy ads !! Russell gets the bug to get into the big league by becoming a US senator and that's where the fun really starts...his mad schemes are aided by electronic experts Freddie & Eddie ( David L. Lander & Michael McKean aka Lenny and Squiggy from "Laverne & Shirley" )....and also by their foul mouthed mechanic, Jim (Frank McRae). The script is well paced, the actors very capable and funny in their roles, and you can see why talented director Robert Zemeckis went on to bigger and better projects such as Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit & Forest Gump. This isn't high brow humour, but most anyone will be able to relate to this very funny swipe at the stereotypical image of the shady used car salesman.

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