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Pecker (1998)

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A talented young photographer, who enjoys snapping photos of his satirical, perverted Baltimore neighborhood and his wacky family, gets dragged into a world of pretentious artists from New York City and finds newfound fame.

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John Waters

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John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Furlong ... Pecker
Christina Ricci ... Shelley
Bess Armstrong ... Dr. Klompus
Mark Joy ... Jimmy
Mary Kay Place ... Joyce
Martha Plimpton ... Tina
Brendan Sexton III ... Matt
Mink Stole ... Precinct Captain
Lili Taylor ... Rorey Wheeler
Patricia Hearst ... Lynn Wentworth
Jean Schertler ... Memama
Lauren Hulsey ... Little Chrissy
Mo Fischer ... T-Bone (as Maureen Fischer)
Donald Neal Donald Neal ... Mr. Bozak
Carolyn Stayer Carolyn Stayer ... Miss Betty
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Storyline

A Baltimore sandwich shop employee becomes an overnight sensation when a photographer's photos he's taken of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world. Written by Joe Blevins <joeblev@concentric.net>

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He never realized how far 35 millimeters would take him.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1998 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Pecker See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$541,646, 27 September 1998

Gross USA:

$2,281,761

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,281,761
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Polar Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The claw machine in the bar contains, among other things, a box of Ex-Lax, a box of Gas-X, a liquor bottle filled with a dark brown liquid (bourbon maybe?), and a cell phone. See more »

Goofs

When Pecker is talking to Shelly in the laundromat, she is folding a bath towel with a rose print. The camera angle changes to the back of Shelly's head; when it pans back to her front, she folds the same towel again. See more »

Quotes

Tina: Oh, Mary, I'm a model!
Memama: Mary isn't a homosexual term, Tina.
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Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Woo-Hoo
(1959)
Written by George Donald McGraw
Performed by Rock-a-Teens (as Rock-A-Teens)
Courtesy of Rhino Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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quirky fun
25 October 1998 | by lulu-10See all my reviews

Just saw this in New York, it will never come to St. Croix! I liked it a lot, made me laugh. This is the most accessible of any of John Waters' movies I've seen and I like that, doesn't hit you over the head with weirdness. Waters is so good at taking a normal situation and making it appear just slightly off kilter. There are some great characters here...Ed Furlong is wonderfully wholesome and believable as Pecker, Christina Ricci is terrific in a very intense way as a too normal no frills small city girl. This movie is just plain good fun, it's easy to laugh at everybody and not feel mean spirited. Oh yeah and good to see Patty Hearst having some fun.


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