Coupe de Ville (film)

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Coupe de Ville
Coupe de Ville poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Joe Roth
Produced by James G. Robinson
Mike Binder
Written by Mike Binder
Music by James Newton Howard
Cinematography Reynaldo Villalobos
Edited by Paul Hirsch
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • March 9, 1990 (1990-03-09)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $715,983

Coupe de Ville is a 1990 American comedy-drama film directed by Joe Roth. It stars Daniel Stern, Arye Gross, and Patrick Dempsey as three very different brothers asked by their father to drive a 1954 Cadillac Series 62 convertible from Detroit to Miami.


Meet the Libner brothers: Marvin (Daniel Stern), the oldest, is a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Buddy (Arye Gross), the middle child, is a timid dreamer. Bobby (Patrick Dempsey), the youngest, is a handsome rebel in reform school. As kids, they fought a lot and as adults, they barely speak to each other. In the summer of 1963, their tough and eccentric father, Fred (Alan Arkin), gives them a task: to bring a 1954 Cadillac, bought for their mother, Betty (Rita Taggart), from Detroit to Miami. As the trip goes on, the three brothers fight and begin to reconnect with each other, while trying to keep the Caddy in mint condition.


Release and reception[edit]

Critical reaction[edit]

Coupe de Ville received moderate reviews.[citation needed]


Cadillac used the Coupe De Ville model name for the two-door hardtop for 1954, not the convertible. The Cadillac in the movie was actually a Series 62 Convertible.

Box office[edit]

The film was a box office failure; in its opening weekend (March 9–11, 1990), it didn't even make the charts, only grossing $66,871. In the end, Coupe de Ville only opened in 170 theaters and made $715,983 in the US.[1]


A portion of the film was shot in Cape Coral, FL. When set director Richard Villalobos needed props for the Florida segments, he connected with the CEO of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida to acquire props for the film, purchasing $4,000 worth of gently-used items from the local Goodwill store.[2]

Arye Gross, who plays middle brother Buddy, narrated the pilot episode of The Wonder Years, but was replaced by Daniel Stern, who plays oldest brother Marvin, for the remainder of the series and in all subsequent rebroadcasts of the pilot.[3]


  1. ^ Coupe de Ville (1990) – Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Goodwill Goodies (March 1989). Newsletter for the employees of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.
  3. ^ The Wonder Years (1988) – Trivia

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