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The Pick-up Artist (1987)

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

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Cast

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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
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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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18 September 1987 (USA)  »

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El cazachicas  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,290,368 (USA)
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Christine Baranski: As Harriet. See more »

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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

Jack Jericho: Did anyone ever tell you that you have the face of a Botticelli and the body of a Degas?
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Soundtracks

(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up
Written by Phil Spector, Vini Poncia (as Vincent Poncia) and Pete Andreoli
Performed by The Ronettes
Produced by Phil Spector
Courtesy of Phil Spector International
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An unlikely James Toback film is highly watchable... thanks to the good cast in it.
4 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A compulsive young womanizer by the name of Jack Jericho (Robert Downey, Jr.) falls in love with a young woman (Molly Ringwald) but this woman, he falls in love with is in trouble with a low-life gangster (Harvey Keitel). Which her alcoholic father (Dennis Hopper) needs to pay the gangster over $25,000 back. Now Jack will do anything to help this true love, when the gangster desperately wants his money back.

Wirtten and Directed by James Toback (Black & White, Two Girls and a Guy, When Will I Be Loved) made an light-hearted romantic comedy with good performances by Downey, Jr. and Ringwald. Although the film is modestly fast-paced, the movie has an short running time. "The Pick-up Artist" has somewhat of an cult following.

DVD has an good anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer (also in Pan & Scan) and an fine Dolby Surround 2.0 Sound. DVD's only extra is the original theatrical trailer. The film is somewhat notable for the many familiar actors in supporting or bit parts like Danny Aiello, Victoria Jackson, the late Joe Spinell and more. "The Pick-up Artist" is probably forgotten by now but it is certainly worth a look for Downey, Jr. extremely likable and winning performance. (****/*****).


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