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A womanizer meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the mafia.

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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 | 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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Trivia

The name of the song that Jack Jericho (Robert Downey Jr.) joined into sing with the mugger in the Coney Island underpass was "Blue Suede Shoes". See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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References Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pickup Artist
Written by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Keith John
Produced by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Taurus Productions
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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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