Mystic Pizza

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Mystic Pizza
Mystic pizza.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDonald Petrie
Produced byMark Levinson
Written byAmy Holden Jones
Perry Howze
Randy Howze
Alfred Uhry
StarringAnnabeth Gish
Julia Roberts
Lili Taylor
Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio
William R. Moses
Adam Storke
Conchata Ferrell
Music byDavid McHugh
CinematographyTim Suhrstedt
Editing byDon Brochu
Marion Rothman
Distributed byThe Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release dates
  • October 21, 1988 (1988-10-21)
Running time104 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$6 million
Box office$12,793,213
 
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Mystic Pizza
Mystic pizza.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDonald Petrie
Produced byMark Levinson
Written byAmy Holden Jones
Perry Howze
Randy Howze
Alfred Uhry
StarringAnnabeth Gish
Julia Roberts
Lili Taylor
Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio
William R. Moses
Adam Storke
Conchata Ferrell
Music byDavid McHugh
CinematographyTim Suhrstedt
Editing byDon Brochu
Marion Rothman
Distributed byThe Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release dates
  • October 21, 1988 (1988-10-21)
Running time104 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$6 million
Box office$12,793,213

Mystic Pizza is a 1988 American coming-of-age film directed by Donald Petrie and starring Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, and Lili Taylor.[1] Vincent D'Onofrio, William R. Moses, Adam Storke, and Conchata Ferrell co-star. In his film debut, Matt Damon has a small part—his sole line in the film being, "Mom, do you want my green stuff?" while eating lobster. The title of the film was based on a pizza shop that caught the eye of Hollywood screenwriter, Amy Holden Jones.[2] The restaurant is also named Mystic Pizza in Mystic, Connecticut, and has been popular among both locals and tourists since 1973.[3]

Plot[edit]

The film is about the coming of age of two sisters and their friend through the romantic lives of the three main characters: Kat Arujo (Annabeth Gish), Daisy Arujo (Julia Roberts), and Jojo Barbosa (Lili Taylor), who are waitresses at Mystic Pizza in Mystic, Connecticut. In the film, Mystic is represented as a fishing town with a large Portuguese American population. The film also touches on an Old World work ethic. Kat and Daisy are sisters and rivals: Kat studies astronomy, works at a local planetarium, as well as the restaurant, and has been accepted to attend Yale University on a partial scholarship. Daisy just wants to find love through lust while trying to get out of Mystic. Kat is the apple of her Portuguese mother's eye, while Daisy is not: she is promiscuous and is not as goal-oriented as her younger sister. There is also a dynamic between Kat's Anglo-American employer, a father who has hired her to look after his young daughter while his wife is away, and the resulting relationship between them. The class distinctions and variant European heritages are explored in various scenes of the film.

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Critical response[edit]

The film opened on October 21, 1988 to mostly favorable reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 78% at its VHS release.[4] The film received "two thumbs up" from popular film critics Siskel and Ebert,[5] giving particular praise to the three female leads, including Gish, whom Ebert likened to a "young Katharine Hepburn".[6] He also noted that the film "may someday become known for the movie stars it showcased back before they became stars."

Filming locations[edit]

Despite being set in Mystic, most of the filming locations were in neighboring towns. The building used for the pizza restaurant was a converted home in Stonington Borough at 70 Water St. There is a sailing business occupying the building now. After the film's release, the real-life Mystic Pizza building in downtown Mystic was renovated to resemble the movie set. The Windsor family home, the wedding reception restaurant, the Peg Leg Pub pool hall, and the fishing docks are also in Stonington Borough. The famous hitchhiking incident takes place on North Main Street in Stonington Town. The Arujo home is in Pawcatuck; the lobster business where Mrs. Arujo works and the wedding church are in Noank. Tim Travers' home and the Windsors' country club are in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The most notable scenes that take place in Mystic are at the Mystic Seaport planetarium and at the drawbridge, where Jojo gets angry that Bill changed the name of his boat.[7]

Home media[edit]

On January 13, 2009, Mystic Pizza and Say Anything... were released as a double feature on DVD.[8] On April 5, 2011, Mystic Pizza was released on Blu-ray.[9]

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