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Cadillac Man (1990)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 18 May 1990 (USA)
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Joey gets 2 days to sell 12 cars to keep his job and keep his girlfriends happy. It gets worse. He's juggling 3 buyers when a guy with a machine gun crashes into the car dealership and takes everybody hostage.

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writer:

Ken Friedman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Joey O'Brien
Tim Robbins ... Larry
Pamela Reed ... Tina
Fran Drescher ... Joy Munchack
Zack Norman ... Harry Munchack
Lori Petty ... Lila
Annabella Sciorra ... Donna
Paul Guilfoyle ... Little Jack Turgeon
Bill Nelson Bill Nelson ... Big Jack Turgeon
Eddie Jones ... Benny
Mimi Cecchini Mimi Cecchini ... Ma
Tristine Skyler ... Lisa
Judith Hoag ... Molly
Lauren Tom ... Helen the Dim Sum Girl
Anthony Powers Anthony Powers ... Captain Mason
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Storyline

Joe's a car salesman with a problem. He has two days to sell 12 cars or he loses his job. This would be a difficult task at the best of times but Joe has to contend with his girlfriends (he's two timing), a missing teenage daughter and an ex-wife. What more could go wrong ?.. a lot, enter a crazy jealous husband with a machine gun.. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A high pressure sales pitch. A high pressure love life. For Joey O'Brien, life is no bed of Rollses. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cadillac Man - Mister occasionissima See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,712,079, 20 May 1990

Gross USA:

$27,627,310

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,627,310
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tim Robbins had previously starred in Bull Durham (1988), directed by Ron Shelton. Like this film's director Roger Donaldson, Shelton was born in 1945. His birthday is September 15th, and Donaldson's birthday is November 15th. See more »

Goofs

Camera visible in Robin Williams's sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Funeral Director: [funeral procession of cars is halted and the engine of the hearse is smoking] I don't know what's wrong with it! I thought you guys were supposed to service this thing!
Hearse Driver: I don't know why he didn't service it.
Funeral Director: Yeah, yeah, "I don't know".
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits of the cast, it says: Oh... and Elaine Stritch as the widow See more »


Soundtracks

HIT THE ROAD JACK
Written by Percy Mayfield
Published by Gibb Brothers Music
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interesting movie
15 August 2007 | by filmfanaticNorCalSee all my reviews

This movie is funny, insightful, and alarming all at the same time. This is a synopsis of mostly Italian American life in working class burroughs of NY (Queens, Long Island, whatever). Joey (Robin Williams) is juggling two neurotic girlfriends and an ex-wife while struggling to keep his job as a smooth talking car salesman. The movie starts off with a shot of a cemetery in Queens, the biggest damn cemetery I have ever seen. It gives you the feeling of crowdedness, that even in death people are crowded and are probably still arguing over elbow room. Joey is desperate and even tries to sell a car to a widow as she is burying her husband. Eventually, a distraught and somewhat deranged husband of the car dealer's secretary takes over the dealership with a machine gun, convinced that somebody there is screwing with his sexy wife (which is true). It isn't Joey, but he takes the rap and tries to talk the guy down, doing a pretty good job. Car salesman becomes psychologist, and he does an amazingly good job, along with help from a phone call from both his wife and his mother to the distraught man. This is the best part of the movie. You see Joey and Larry (Robbins) play out this scene with both humor and fright. Larry is trying to prove his manhood to his wife. You understand his plight and feel his pain, and at the same time you see the mans compassion, especially with the phone calls from Joey's ex-wife and mother. There is something very real about this scene and I would think that someone who has to talk down a hostage situation might gain something from watching how Joey makes connections with Larry on a personal level. Eventually Larry sees what a mess Joey's life is and starts to see that actually his situation isn't that bad. This movie is as much about the alienation and frustration of modern life as anything else. The movie is loud and frantic and might put you off in that respect, but hang with it.


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