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Mystic Pizza (1988)

Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic.

Director:

Donald Petrie

Writers:

Amy Holden Jones (story) (as Amy Jones), Amy Holden Jones (screenplay) (as Amy Jones) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annabeth Gish ... Kat
Julia Roberts ... Daisy
Lili Taylor ... Jojo
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Bill (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
William R. Moses ... Tim
Adam Storke ... Charlie
Conchata Ferrell ... Leona
Joanna Merlin ... Mrs. Arujo
Porscha Radcliffe Porscha Radcliffe ... Phoebe
Bucky Walsh Bucky Walsh ... Manny (as Arthur Walsh)
John Fiore ... Jake
Gene Amoroso ... Mr. Barboza
Sheila Ferrini Sheila Ferrini ... Mrs. Barboza
Janet Zarish ... Nicole Travers
Louis Turenne Louis Turenne ... Everyday Gourmet
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Storyline

Sisters Kat and Daisy work along with Jojo at the pizza parlour in Mystic, Connecticut. Kat, shortly off to Yale, finds herself drawn to a local architect she is babysitting for, while her more tearaway sister starts dating a guy from the money side of the tracks. Jojo leaves her man at the altar; she loves him but shies away from commitment. Meanwhile the fame of the pizza continues to spread; it seems to contain something almost ..... mystic. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A romantic comedy with the works. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,163,939, 23 October 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,793,213
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture was the third major feature film for all of the movie's three leading ladies - Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts and Lili Taylor - who had only previously appeared in only two features each - they being Desert Bloom (1986) & Hiding Out (1987); Firehouse (1987) & Satisfaction (1988); and Night of Courage (1987) & She's Having a Baby (1988) respectively. See more »

Goofs

When Tim and Kat touch their glasses together in a toast, the glasses make a distinct ringing sound. However, they both are holding their glasses by the bowl, which would result in a clink rather than a ring. See more »

Quotes

Katherine: [almost runs into Daisy, while holding a hot pizza] Watch it, Daisy!
Daisy: What? Think I got eyes in my butt?
Katherine: That's where your brains are!
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Referenced in I Really Hate My Job (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of RCA Records
Written by Slim Willet
Published by Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.
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What's the secret ingredient in the pizza?
9 January 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Pizza, that delicious Italian dish has been adapted by people all over the world into their own way to express their interpretation about the way it should taste. It's not surprising that in Mystic, Ct., where there's a large Portuguese population, Leona, the owner of the Mystic Pizza restaurant has created a concoction that is admired by everyone. Don't ask her to reveal her ingredients because she will not tell you.

Daniel Petrie, the director, takes us along for a ride to this coastal town in which Amy Jones' story is set. We meet the three friends that work in the restaurant, Jojo, Daisy and Kat; the last two are sisters. Jojo is intense, but has a problem accepting the fact that Bill, her fiancé, wants to formalize their engagement. In the opening scenes we watch as Jojo faints in the church where she is marrying Bill. Panic strikes and she jilts him.

Daisy, is a beautiful girl who appears to be grounded. When Charlie, the preppy guy finds her at a local bar, it seems he is quite taken by her. Daisy, who should have known better embarks in a love affair with this young which one realizes is doomed from the start. Not only are they from two different worlds, but romances like these are just a passing fancy for wealthy boys. So is the involvement with the wise and intelligent Kat with Tim, the young father with a child who needs a sitter. Kat will be hurt in thinking Tim will want her over the absent wife.

"Mystic Pizza" is about the friendship of the three local girls and their way of looking at life from different angles. Annabeth Gish makes a great appearance in the film with her Kat. Lili Taylor is also good as Jojo. This was a film that presented Julia Roberts that hinted at her success as a movie actress. The rest of the cast plays well in the film. Vincent D'Onofrio, William Moses, Adam Storker and Conchata Farrell do good work under Mr. Petrie's direction. Seen in a small role that if one blinks, one would miss him, is Matt Damon making his first screen appearance.


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