Sunday, August 12, 2007

"Look out, Marshall Lucky! It's High Prices!"

Long before winning an Oscar for directing Forrest Gump, Robert Zemeckis was at the wheel for Used Cars, without question the funniest film about used car salesmen. Starring everyone from Kurt Russell and Jack Warden to "Grandpa Munster" Al Lewis and "Oh Yeah, That Guy" Dub Taylor, it was rambunctious before rambunctious was cool, and the box office sadly reflected that. Still, we're left with a lot of laughs and at least one scene that'll go down as one of the great pieces of film comedy.

There are two competing used car lots, and salesman Russell's doing his damnedest to keep ruthless rival Warden from controlling them both. One way to do that is by interrupting a nationwide address from President Carter with an ad that shows a cowboy destroying some of Warden's stock. Russell, far from the scene, is pitching woo and doesn't want the girl to see what's going on; unfortunately, they're standing in front of a wall of for-sale TVs.

And here's what happens.

1 comment:

James said...

Thanks for the shoutout for the documentary. Hopefully you'll get to see it! Use the email form on the site if you wish to discuss further.

Best,
James Kicklighter
Executive Producer
That Guy: the Legacy of Dub Taylor