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A Baltimore sandwich shop employee becomes an overnight sensation when a photographer's photos he's taken of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world.

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A Baltimore sandwich shop employee becomes an overnight sensation when a photographer's photos he's taken of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world. Written by Joe Blevins <joeblev@concentric.net>

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He never realized how far 35 millimeters would take him.

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Rated R for sexuality, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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9 October 1998 (Canada)  »

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Der Pecker  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$541,646 (USA) (25 September 1998)

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$2,279,807 (USA) (18 December 1998)
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Trivia

In the opening scene, the number of the bus is 7734. According to John Waters, this is an old Catholic school joke since '7734' upside-down "spells" hell. See more »

Goofs

Pecker serves Miss Emily a sandwich with melted cheese. The close-up shows the sandwich with unmelted slices of cheese. See more »

Quotes

Memama: Sometimes there's things more important than pit beef.
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Connections

Featured in The Roseanne Show: Episode #1.11 (1998) See more »

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I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
(1935)
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Lyrics by Joe Young
Performed by Billy Williams
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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John Waters for the whole family!
15 July 1999 | by (az) – See all my reviews

Well, with the right amount of censors, I'm sure anyone would like this. While diehard John Waters fans will be disappointed (There's no obese transvestites that eat dog feces or hilariously hideous trailer park characters) it was still an uplifting film with good performances and several laugh-out-loud scenes. An uplifting John Waters film? Yes. He's also known for dark humor; but this film relied on harmless shock value.

Edward Furlong plays the title character, a kid who takes pictures of everything he encounters in his sleazy Baltimore neighborhood. A NY art agent (Lili Taylor) observes his work and he finds he has the choice between either rising to fame (which he loses his friends and family) or keeping his original lifestyle as a poor suburban dweller.

Give this one a try: Expect nothing, and you won't be disappointed.


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