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Used People (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 January 1993 (USA)
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At her husband's funeral, Pearl (Shirley MacLaine), Jewish mother of two divorced and antagonistic daughters, meets an old Italian friend (Marcello Mastroianni) of her husband, whose advice... See full summary »

Director:

Beeban Kidron

Writers:

Todd Graff (plays), Todd Graff (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Pearl Berman
Bob Dishy ... Jack
Emma Tammi ... Young Bibby
Asia Vieira ... Young Norma
Lee Wallace Lee Wallace ... Uncle Harry
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Uncle Normy
Kathy Bates ... Bibby Berman
Gil Filar Gil Filar ... Mark
Maia Filar ... Rhonda
Irving Metzman Irving Metzman ... Uncle Al
Matthew Branton Matthew Branton ... Swee' Pea
David Gow David Gow ... Bill the Jeweler
Marcia Gay Harden ... Norma
Jessica Tandy ... Freida
Sylvia Sidney ... Becky
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Storyline

At her husband's funeral, Pearl (Shirley MacLaine), Jewish mother of two divorced and antagonistic daughters, meets an old Italian friend (Marcello Mastroianni) of her husband, whose advice years previously had stopped the husband leaving home. For 23 years he, now a widower, has secretly loved Pearl... Written by <james.foulkes@ci.educ.lu>

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A story about love, family and other embarrassments.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for elements of sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance otoñal See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,957,265
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates previously starred in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991). See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, after it has jumped to 1969, the glimpse of the Manhattan skyline shows the skyline as it looked in 1993 (the Citicorp building built in 1978 is shown), and not as it would in 1969. See more »

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Referenced in Poisonous Women (1993) See more »

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The Sky Fell Down
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The Cast of a Lifetime
14 November 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

What a wonderful little movie! Simple story of thwarted lives and new-found love boasts one of the best casts in movie history.

Shirley MacLaine stars as a Jewish widow in 1969 New York who is pursued by a strange Italian, Marcello Mastroianni. He's waited for 23 years for her to be available. She has 2 troubled daughters, Kathy Bates and Marcia Gay Harden. Bates is fat and unhappy; Harden is nuts. Her mother, Jessica Tandy, is afraid of anything new. Also along for the ride are Sylvia Sidney, Joe Pantoliano, Louis Guss, Charles Cioffi, Bob Dishy, Doris Roberts, Helen Hanft, and cute Matthew Branton.

With 1969 New York as a backdrop, anything is possible. The Mets win the World Series.... We land on the moon..... And Mastroianni lands MacLaine! Simple, sweet, and beautifully acted.

The accents waver a tad, but on the whole this film is well written and acted. Tandy and Sidney are splendid as the old women looking for once last thrill--they move to Florida.... Bates and Harden are heartbreaking as the bickering sisters.... MacLaine and Mastroianni are perfection.

A rare chance to see 4 Oscar winners in one film!


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