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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 Adam "Mr. Movie" Hakari <spotlite@chibardun.net>

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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)  »

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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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David Bar Katz wrote the screenplay in three days. See more »

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When pest is having his hunting toast on Gustav's island his glass is empty for two shots and then is full for one and becomes empty again on the fourth shot. See more »

Quotes

[singing]
Pest: I'm in the mood to scam, simply because I can.
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Version of Bloodlust! (1961) See more »

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Fantasy-Overture 'Romeo and Juliet'
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Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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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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