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Used Cars Reviews

Before director-writer Bob Zemeckis found success with blockbuster hits ROMANCING THE STONE and BACK TO THE FUTURE, he directed this raunchy, hysterically funny comedy. Kurt Russell turns in a brilliant performance as Rudy Russo, the unscrupulous but likable head salesman of a dying used car lot owned by Roy L. Fuchs (Jack Warden). Roy's brother, Luke (also played by Warden), owns a successful car lot across the street and is conspiring to get Roy's property. When Roy dies Rudy and his colleague Jeff (Gerrit Graham) try to conceal the death from Roy's daughter (Deborah Harmon) and Luke. Filled with riotous plot twists and effective black humor, this is a truly inventive and memorable comedy, which was virtually ignored at the box office. Fans of television's "Hill Street Blues" may want to look for Betty Thomas as a topless dancer (a role she would no doubt like to forget) bumping and grinding in one of the R-rated commercials with which Rudy jams a Presidential address.