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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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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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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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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 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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For those who like a slice of life film that is off the beaten path
19 April 2006 | by theladydragonflySee all my reviews

Admittedly, I LOVE films about relationships. Perhaps this is because I am a therapist.

This film is not only about finding love, but also about waking up to love that is already there. The characters grow and change in this film and if it seems uneven, this may be why. When the character of Pearl tells us early on that she never did anything she wanted in life, you doubt her ability to break away from her old life, but break away she does, carrying her mother, daughters and grandchildren with her.

This film has a happy ending, but it is not all neatly tucked away in pretty packages. If you like films that say something, try this one on for size. Films of similar flavor are "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway" "Harold and Maude" and "Moonstruck" .


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