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The Pest (1997)

 -  Comedy  -  7 February 1997 (USA)
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A Miami con man agrees to be the human target for a Neo-Nazi manhunter, in order to collect $50,000 if he survives.

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Miami scam artist Pest Vargas is on the run from the Scottish mob and a German headhunter, the mob after 50,000 dollars, the German guy after his head. Pest dons many disguises in an attempt to evade their clutches. Written by &view=simple&sort=alpha" >Adam "Mr. Movie" Hakari <spotlite@chibardun.net>

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german | scam | neo nazi | disguise | hispanic | See more »

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What kind of freakazoid would let someone hunt him just to collect $50,000? Next question.

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Rated PG-13 for crude sexual, scatalogical and ethnic humor | See all certifications »

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7 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monello flagello  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,817,278 (USA) (7 February 1997)

Gross:

$3,506,206 (USA) (21 March 1997)
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Trivia

The song that Pest sings during the opening sequence is an adaptation of "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang. See more »

Goofs

When Pest is having his toast with Gustav, and is presented with his weapons, the camera cuts back and forth between Pest and Gustav. Sometimes when the camera is on Gustav, you can see it is raining, even though in other shots it is a sunny day. See more »

Quotes

[Pest and Chubbs enter an armory]
Pest: Be all you can be!
Chubbs: Yeah, don't ask, don't tell.
Pest: ...What's that supposed to mean?
Chubbs: Oh, nothin'.
Pest: Just checkin...
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References The Love Boat (1977) See more »

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Paris Techno
Written and Produced by Dick Rudolph (as Richard Rudolph) and Michael Sembello
Performed by Not Picasso
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stupidly funny
17 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

"The Pest" Pestario Vargas (John Leguizamo) is a low rent con man from Miami's South Beach who has fallen deeply in debt to ill tempered members of the Scottish mafia. Pest is desperate to raise $50,000 to stave off having his legs broken, Vargas takes an offer for a very high paying one day job from Gustav Shank (Jeffrey Jones), a German businessman visiting Florida. However, it's not until later that Vargas finds out what Shank has in mind. The lunatic white supremacist Shank transports Vargas to his island compound, "Little Germany," and announces that he will hunt him as wild game. If Vargas can survive for 24 hours, he gets the cash; otherwise, his head will join the others stuffed and mounted on Shank's wall. I know this movie got bad rating, but you must understand its supposed to be funny and it is just stupid harmless fun. John Leguizamo is very funny as "The Pest" and what a great choice as the bad guy "Ed Rooney" Jeffrey Jones. If you are looking for some stupid laughs this movie is for you.


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