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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 ... 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,955, 20 December 1992

Gross USA:

$17,957,265

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,957,265
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shirley Maclaine's character Pearl is based on writer Todd Graff's own grandmother. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where people are up on their rooftops as they watch TV and see the first manned landing on the moon, the moon is shown above as a full moon. In actuality, the moon was still in its first quarter and looked like a crescent slightly less than a half-moon. See more »


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The Sky Fell Down
Performed by Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (as Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra)
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User Reviews

This film won three awards, and if you are into family life and gags...
7 October 2000 | by nz manSee all my reviews

The critics did not like this film, and it now rates only a 5.6 for IMDB votes, but have a read of the positive comments below. My wife and I enjoyed this film. There are many meaningful parts, numerous gags and funny situations amidst the painful family life portrayed a la NYC Jewish-Italiano.

The three awards include two Golden Globes, and with Shirley MacLaine, Marcello Mastroianni, Marcia Gay Harden, and Kathy Bates, there is a lot more to this film than either the critics or voting would indicate.

It may not everyone's cup of tea, but well worth a video rental if you can appreciate the messages about family life. A good flick - go ahead and try it.


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