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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
Precinct Captain
Rorey Wheeler
Lynn Wentworth
Little Chrissy
T-Bone (as Maureen Fischer)
Donald Neal ...
Mr. Bozak
Carolyn Stayer ...
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.


Comedy | Drama

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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Aspect Ratio:

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 »


When Pecker's mom exits the gallery in New York a cab goes by from the "Checker" cab company of Baltimore. See more »


Tina: Here comes Tina Supermodel!
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Straight Boys
Written by John Waters and Stewart Copeland
Performed by Vicki Randle (as Vicky Randle) and Stewart Copeland
Courtesy of Palmyra Music, BMI
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Excellent, Mr. Waters...
13 January 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

In true John Waters form, "Pecker" offers a pure glimpse of human nature. Being human entitles us to our own unique quirks and eccentricities that make us individuals. When we 'seemingly' normal people are influenced by our ever-changing society, that is when the humor begins.

I think the true beauty of this movie is in the acting. Waters guides his cast into committed characterizations, adding layer upon layer of sub-text until they blossom before your eyes. Waters approaches his characters the way a painter approaches his easel and taking a mental snapshot, paints his perspective. Add all these factors in and you see why I say Pecker is a great movie!

Bravo, John. I always enjoy your work, thank you for sharing your art and perspective with the world.

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