Used People Movie Review 1992

Information and Film Reviews for Used People the Movie

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A study in ethnicity and characterization, three Oscar-winning actresses lead a talented cast playing a Jewish family living in Queens in 1969. When the father dies, Joe (Mastroianni), an old friend with an old torch for the widow, Pearl (MacLaine), shows up at the funeral and manages to charm her into a date for coffee. Pearl's new relationship with her Italian suitor affects each of the somewhat off-balance family members and washes the whole clan with a sense of hope and renewal. Adpated from screenwriter Graff's play "The Grandma Plays" that was based on memories of his grandmother. Director Kidron's American debut.


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Available on VHS
Running time 116 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Widows & Widowers, Family Ties, Late Bloomin' Love, Period Piece: 1960s, Judaism
Todd Graff
Shirley MacLaine, Marcello Mastroianni, Kathy Bates, Marcia Gay Harden, Jessica Tandy, Sylvia Sidney, Bob (Robert) Dishy, Joe Pantoliano, Matthew Branton, Louis Guff, Charles Cioffi, Doris Roberts, Helen Hanft
Beeban Kidron
Rachel Portman
Peggy Rajski, Largo Ent., 20th Century-Fox

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