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A talented young photographer, who enjoys snapping photos of his satirical, perverted Baltimore neighborhood and his wacky family, gets dragged into a world of pretentious artists from New York City and finds newfound fame.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Klompus
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Miss Betty


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 <>

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He never realized how far 35 millimeters would take him.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 October 1998 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Der Pecker  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The claw machine in the bar contains, among other things, a box of Ex-Lax, a box of Gas-X, a liquor bottle filled with a dark brown liquid (bourbon maybe?), and a cell phone. See more »


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


Memama: [talking through her Mary ventriloquist dummy] Full of grace! Full of grace!
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I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
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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To Photograph Life and Find Art In It
10 October 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Pecker is another John Waters tribute to the less fashionable side of his native city of Baltimore. Unlike previous films Pecker is set in modern Baltimore of 1998.

And it's centered around a young man named Pecker. Lest you think it describes him anatomically or behaviorally, what it really does describe is his way of eating as a child, sort of pecking at his food. Of course it wouldn't be John Waters without the double entendre.

Pecker as played by Edward Furlong was given a camera as a kid and it's become an obsession with him, to photograph life and find art in it. Art's everywhere, in his girlfriend's laundromat, in the sandwich shop where he works, in his grandmother's obsession with her talking Virgin Mary icon, even in the garbage where two rats are mating.

Soon his pictures attract attention from the art world. But when that happens Pecker's own world starts to crumble around him. How and will he get it back is the story of Pecker.

John Waters surrounds Furlong with a nice cast of supporting players with the usual Dickensian names for their characters. Best are Christina Ricci as Pecker's girl friend, Baltimore's laundromat Queen, and Brendan Sexton as his best friend and professional kleptomaniac.

Pecker is another of John Waters's lighthearted look at life and some of the strange things we find in it. I think only the most hidebound of rightwing people will not find something amusing in Pecker.

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