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


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Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cazachicas  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$13,290,368 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie had a title song written by Stevie Wonder who did not sing the tune though as he had done for the title song for the then recent similarly themed film The Woman in Red (1984) where for that movie Wonder won a Best Song Academy Award for the track "I Just Called To Say I Love You". See more »


When Randy leads Jack and a group of kids on a tour of the museum, she and the kids refer to a dinosaur as a 'Brontosaurus'. By the 1980s it was already well known that the correct name for this animal is 'Apatosaurus'. A tour guide should know this. See more »


Jack Jericho: Being with you isn't a gamble, you can only gamble when you have a choice. I wanna be with you forever, and I don't have a choice about that, maybe I don't have a prayer in the world, but that's not a gamble. Maybe what I feel is not good for you, or for me but I'm not gonna stand here and listen to you tell me it's a bad habit.
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References Enemy Mine (1985) See more »


The Pickup Artist
Written by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Keith John
Produced by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Taurus Productions
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Features Molly Ringwald and Robert Downey, Jr., solid "5" of 10 movie.
9 December 2001 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

What's most amazing about this film is 5% of the IMDb voters gave it a "10"! I suspect they are all friends, relatives, or agents of members of the cast. Molly, who was only 18, and Robert are fine, however the story and script are pretty plain. Both of them are "gamblers", Downey is trying to pick up Molly, doesn't succeed until the very end, the day after she told him "we're not good for each other." Gangsters and Atlantic City gambling are involved. Some pretty high-powered actors, like Keitel, Aiello, Baranski, Hopper, Bracco, Gunton (Shawshank warden) are in it.

This film is one of those in Ringwald's "hit void" between "Pretty in Pink" and "Betsy's Wedding", the latter a hit only because of the rest of the cast. Although she has been in many films, very few of us have seen her since 1990. I wonder what happened to her promising film career?

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