Used Cars (1980)
Used Cars is our #tbt classic movie for today.
There’s a ton of great ‘male bonding movies’ from the late ’70s to mid 80’s that come to mind including Slapshot, Animal House, Blues Brothers, Caddyshack and this, from 1980, Used Cars.
Starring Kurt Russell who plays the epitome of what people think a snakey, fast-talking used car salesman is all about. The movie also features Jack Warden, Frank McCrae, Laverne & Shirley’s Lenny & Squiggy, Grandpa from the Munsters (Ed Lewis) as Hanging Judge Harrison and Joe Flaherty in his very, very early days out of SCTV, this movie plays up the ‘used car salesman’ as the lowest of the low, like a lawyer or politician.
Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale wrote the script, Zemeckis directed it. The movie was shot mostly in Mesa Arizona.
Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) is a devious car salesman working for an affable but monumentally unsuccessful used car dealer Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden). Luke’s principal rival, located directly across the street, is his more prosperous brother, Roy L. Fuchs (also played by Warden), who is scheming to take over Luke’s lot.
Also featured in the movie are Deborah Harmon, Gerrit Graham and Michael Talbott before his Miami Vice days and more.
While not a success at the movies back in the day, today, it’s a huge cult classic. There are so many hilarious, lose-your-breath scenes in here that’ll take you back to the first time you saw it. If you’ve never seen it, be prepared.
The movie was budgeted for 8 million dollars and did a little over 11 million back then.
Released on my birthday in 1980, the movie is a true men’s night out movie to be enjoyed with cigars and a nice bottle of single-malt.
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