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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
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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
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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)  »

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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1.85 : 1
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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

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 you're too good to be true?
Randy Jensen: No only that I'm too truthful to be good.
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Connections

References Enemy Mine (1985) See more »

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Lonely Boy
Written by Paul Anka
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lovely leads in movie with clashing tones
6 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

In NYC, Jack Jericho (Robert Downey Jr.) is an unabashed pick up artist. He spends his time chasing after every girl on the streets. Alonzo Scolara (Harvey Keitel) is gun wielding criminal. Flash Jensen (Dennis Hopper) owes him money and his daughter Randy (Molly Ringwald) has to pay. Jack has no long term relationships other than his grandmother and Randy is even more reluctant. She's a museum tour guide and he's a grade school teacher. He becomes obsessed with her.

This movie struggles to find the rom-com feel. These two actors are the most likable actors of that era. They have a nice back and forth banter. The scary criminal gambling story doesn't really fit. The tone is all over the place. The old fashion music doesn't fit either. I would really have loved RDJ and Molly Ringwald in a more straight forward rom-com. Jack is a rather horrible character. This seems to be written for older worn-out characters. James Toback is simply not the rom-com type.


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