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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 overview, first billed only:
Randy Jensen
Jack Jericho (as Robert Downey)
Phil Harper
Alonzo Scolara
Brian Hamill ...
Tamara Bruno ...
Rae, Girl with Dog
Angie Kempf ...
Jack's Student
Pat, Jack's Colleague
Richie (as Frederick Koehler)
Victoria Jackson ...


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.


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cazachicas  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$13,290,368 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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According to the Robert Downey Jr. Film Guide' web-site, Warren Beatty was originally involved as a producer, but he was unhappy with how the movie turned out and wouldn't put his name on it". See more »


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 »


Jack Jericho: Did anyone ever tell you you're too good to be true?
Randy Jensen: No only that I'm too truthful to be good.
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References Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984) See more »


(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up
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He's a self-styled Casanova, she's in trouble with mobsters--and they're both too young for this script...
6 September 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Robert Downey Jr. is husky and young and wiry as a streetwise ladies' man who does more striking-out than scoring, but his attempts are colorful (you can sense he turns women on just by attempting); Molly Ringwald is a good screen-match for Downey playing sassy tour guide whose alcoholic father is in trouble with the mob. So far, so good--and early on director James Toback displays a sweet, screwball side that was never apparent in his works prior to this--but, unfortunately, the convoluted script gets all gummed-up by the second-half, and the leads go back and forth with each other so much that it all becomes fairly ridiculous. Some pre-release dubbing was obviously done to cover the saltier dialogue passages; it looks sloppy, but that's nothing compared to listening to Downey and Ringwald having sex (what was she in real-life, 17?). These two look good together but are far too young for this scenario, which is by turns cartoonishly sordid and melodramatically soapy. *1/2 from ****

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