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The Pick-up Artist (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  18 September 1987 (USA)
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A womanizer meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the mafia.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Randy Jensen
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Jack Jericho (as Robert Downey)
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Phil Harper
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Nellie
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Alonzo Scolara
Brian Hamill ...
Mike
Tamara Bruno ...
Karen
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Rae, Girl with Dog
Angie Kempf ...
Jack's Student
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Pat, Jack's Colleague
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Richie (as Frederick Koehler)
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Stan
Victoria Jackson ...
Lulu
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Carla
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A womanizer meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the mafia.

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The Pick-Up Artist... has finally met his match.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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18 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cazachicas  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,290,368 (USA)
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Karl Williams at Allmovie states that with this film "writer-director James Toback began his long association with actor Robert Downey Jr.'". The picture is the first of three collaborations of the two, the later movies being Black & White (1999) and Two Girls and a Guy (1997). Downey also appears in Nicholas Jarecki's documentary The Outsider (2006) which is about Toback filming When Will I Be Loved (2004). See more »

Goofs

During the most of the movie, Randy wears a blouse is buttoned up to the neck and a necklace over the top of it. Except for the scene where she is exiting the casino after her big loss, as she walks out and her blouse is unbuttoned at the neck and she is not wearing the necklace. However, in the next scene the blouse is buttoned again and necklace returns. The description of an apparent discontinuity is accurate; however, in the shot with open blouse and sans necklace, Randy is also not wearing her jacket. In the following shot, as she emerges from the casino with Jack after her devastating setback, she has donned her jacket, buttoned her blouse, and restored her necklace. The apparent costume discontinuity dissolves in the brief lapse of unrecorded time. See more »

Quotes

Flash Jensen: You know something? I can't do this anymore.
[Referring to his alcoholism, as he dumps out his drink]
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References Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich
Performed by The Exciters
Courtesy of EMI America/Manhattan Records, a division of
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a delightful, truthful, touching motion picture
18 December 1999 | by (st. louis) – See all my reviews

The essence of this film, contrary to other statements at this site, is dealing with addiction. Each of the central characters has an addiction - alcohol, violence, gambling, womanizing. The Pickup Artist deals with the consequences and self-destructive nature of these specific addictions, as well as addictions in general. The dialogue is extremely witty. The acting is superb; four actors in this film have won, or been nominated for, Academy Awards - including Robert Downey, who is one of only a handful of actors that could have portrayed Charlie Chaplin - the greatest comic genius of all time.


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