Used Cars (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

Used Cars (1980)



Critic Consensus: Robert Zemeckis' pitch-black satire of American culture doesn't always hit the mark, but it's got enough manic comic energy to warrant a spin.

Movie Info

Used Cars is one of Robert Zemeckis' pre-Roger Rabbit and pre-Forrest Gump efforts starring Kurt Russell is a devious car salesman who goes to work for affable but monumentally unsuccessful used car dealer Jack Warden. Warden's principal rival is his more prosperous twin brother, also played by Warden, who schemes to take over the "good" brother's lot. After a series of raunchy vignettes, the film boils down to an every-man-for-himself price war between the two Wardens, which rages on even after we're one Warden short. The supporting cast of Used Cars is populated by such reliables as David L. Lander, Michael McKean, Al Lewis, Dub Taylor, Dick Miller and Betty Thomas.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Jack Warden
as Roy L. Fuchs/Luke Fu...
Kurt Russell
as Rudy Russo
Frank McRae
as Jim, the Mechanic
Deborah Harmon
as Barbara Fuchs
Joe Flaherty
as Sam Slaton
Michael McKean
as Eddie Winslow
David L. Lander
as Freddie Paris
Al Lewis
as Judge Harrison
Woodrow Parfrey
as Mr. Chertner
Dub Taylor
as Tucker
Dan Barrows
as Stanley Dewoski
Marc McClure
as Heavy Duty Dubois
Susan Donovan
as Charlie's Wife
Don Ruskin
as Fuchs' Salesman
Jan Sandwich
as Al's Wife
Russ Fega
as Bus Boy
Tiny Wells
as Food Giant
Patrick McMorrow
as Mr. O'Hara
Joseph Barnaba
as Mr. Douglas
Sam Ingraffia
as Court Assistant
Diane Hill
as Mrs. Douglas
Dick Miller
as Man In Bed
Wendie Jo Sperber
as Nervous Nona
Rita Taggart
as Woman In Bed
Dave Adams
as Video Technician
Dave Herrera
as Mr. Lopez
Sandy Gibbons
as Cop at Roadblock
Walter Jackson
as Mr. Jackson
Gene Blakely
as Mr. Books
Mildred Brion
as Little Old Lady
Allen Wood
as Bailiff
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Critic Reviews for Used Cars

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

Director/co-writer Robert Zemeckis has undeniable energy and flair, but it's being misspent on pretexts and situations that seem inexcusably gratuitous and snide.

Full Review… | October 2, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

Most of the time, I didn't know whether to laugh or shudder, and I ended up doing a lot of both.

Full Review… | October 2, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

What might have looked like a great idea on paper has been tackled by filmmakers who haven't expanded it much beyond the one joke inherent in the premise.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Used Cars runs on a contemporary screwball motor with a slapstick chassis.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Used Cars was written, directed, and produced by the team of Bob Zemeckis and Bob Gale, two young filmmakers who seem to be higher on kinetic energy than on structure and comedic instinct.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A foul-mouthed, bumpercrunching farce that is often funnier in theory than in fact but, even so, is a movie that has more laughs in it than any film of the summer except Airplane!

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Used Cars

A comedy about lying is difficult to approve of and yet Zemeckis' team and presentation will at least have you consider it's viability. The fantasy, about two used car dealerships vying for dominance in the desert Southwest, is a decent platform for the general thesis, a natural one. Where else does one expect lying as a given (and don't say politics or prostitution, cause that's too easy)? Sure, like lying, they go a little overboard, but it's all in good fun.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A hilarious adventure comedy with a good story. I loved it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

80's classic ,one of kurt russel and robert zemeckis forgotten gems.Ok its dated but they dont make them like this anymore,not even the recent "the goods,live hard,sell hard can beat this.....find it and watch it now..

Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer

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