Used People

Used People

Director: Beeban Kidron Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy

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Overview

Todd Graff wrote the screenplay for this eccentric romantic comedy in the spirit of Moonstruck that exchanges pasta for matzo balls. The film takes place in Queens in 1969, where Pearl Berman (Shirley MacLaine) has just arrived back from the funeral of her husband. As her dysfunctional family kvetches in the living room, the dapper Joe Meledandri (Marcello Mastroianni) arrives. It seems that Joe has admired Pearl from afar for a number of years, ever since he met her husband in a bar and persuaded him to return to his wife. He invites Pearl for coffee, provoking the wisecrack from her mother (Jessica Tandy): "She got picked up at her own husband's funeral." As Pearl is wooed by Joe, she has to deal with her lonely, overweight daughter Bibby (Kathy Bates) and her prettier daughter Norma (Marcia Gay Harden), who suffers from such a lack of self esteem that she assumes the personalities of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Bonnie Parker.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2011
UPC: 0883316328545
Original Release: 1992
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 19,747

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley MacLaine Pearl Berman
Kathy Bates Bibby
Jessica Tandy Freida
Marcello Mastroianni Joe Meledandri
Marcia Gay Harden Norma
Sylvia Sidney Becky
Joe Pantoliano Frank
Matthew Branton Swee'Pea
Bob Dishy Jack Berman
Charles Cioffi Paolo
Louis Guss Uncle Normy
Helen Hanft Aunt Ruthie
Irving Metzman Uncle Al
Doris Roberts Aunt Lonnie
Lee Wallace Uncle Harry
Mary Colquhoun Actor
Sam Hutchinson Crying Baby
Emma Tammi Young Bibby
Jeremy Trancz Cousin Matthew
Stephanie Voves Girl at Wedding
Asia Vieira Young Norma
Gil Filar Mark
Maia Filar Rhonda
David Gow Bill the Jeweler
Stuart Stone Cousin Stevie
Rosario Russo Theresa
Diane D'Aquila Rose
Ida Bemardini Aunt Louisa
Janet Richardson Carla
Philip Williams Vic
Michael Ricupero Eddie
Genevieve Langlois French Teacher
Luba Goy Nursing Home Staff Member
Dominic Cuzzocrea Rabbi
Jim Millan Priest

Technical Credits
Beeban Kidron Director
Michael Barnathan Executive Producer
Patricia Birch Choreography
Ann Brodie Makeup
Todd Graff Co-producer,Screenwriter
Lloyd Levin Executive Producer
Tony Lucibello Asst. Director
Martin Malivoire Special Effects
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Peggy Rajski Producer
Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration/Design
John Tintori Editor
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
David Watkin Cinematographer
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

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