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Used Cars

Robert Zemeckis turns out wall-to-wall emetic drear these days, but this little diamond from the days when the phrase ‘black comedy’ still had some sort of meaning is like the work of someone else entirely. Jack Warden plays two rival used car dealers, with a hapless Kurt Russell working for the one who gets knocked off in spectacular brick-on-pedal fashion. Then it’s all fast talking, exploding Mercs, TV hijacking and loud sports jackets, Al ‘Munsters’ Lewis as a demented, death-penalty-happy judge, a climactic ‘mile of cars’, President Carter and a dead dog. The best thing to come out of John Milius’ coincidentally-named A-Team Productions.

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