A womanizer meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the mafia.

Director:

James Toback

Writer:

James Toback

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Ringwald ... Randy Jensen
Robert Downey Jr. ... Jack Jericho (as Robert Downey)
Dennis Hopper ... Flash
Danny Aiello ... Phil
Mildred Dunnock ... Nellie
Harvey Keitel ... Alonzo
Brian Hamill Brian Hamill ... Mike
Tamara Bruno Tamara Bruno ... Karen
Vanessa Williams ... Rae
Angie Kempf Angie Kempf ... Jack's Student
Polly Draper ... Pat
Frederick Koehler ... Richie
Robert Towne ... Stan
Victoria Jackson ... Lulu
Lorraine Bracco ... Carla
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Storyline

In New York City, Jack Jericho, an elementary school teacher who lives with and takes care of his ailing grandmother Nellie, is a bit of a scammer, most notably demonstrated by he continually rehearsing his corny pick-up line in front of the mirror. Along with his good looking but slightly broken down vintage red Camaro convertible and his surface charm, Jack scours the streets for women he is attracted to to use his well-rehearsed pick-up line, he asking the important questions, such as marital status of his potential conquests, after the fact if he asks at all, the answers to which he doesn't really care. These pick-ups work a small percentage of the time, which is good enough for him as he collects his conquests' telephone numbers written down on a well-worn piece of paper he carries around with him at all times. Jack eventually uses his pick-up routine on two women he spies at a nightclub associated with who he will learn is mobster Alonzo Scolara. The first is Lulu, Alonzo's dumb... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

The Pick-Up Artist... has finally met his match.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie was filmed during May, June, July, and August 1986. See more »

Goofs

When Randy leads Jack and a group of kids on a tour of the museum, she and the kids refer to a dinosaur as a 'Brontosaurus'. By the 1980s it was already well known that the correct name for this animal is 'Apatosaurus'. A tour guide should know this. See more »

Quotes

Jack Jericho: What's your name?
Lulu: Lulu.
Jack Jericho: Lulu? That's the most erotic name I've ever heard.
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Referenced in The Americans: Dead Hand (2018) See more »

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Blue Suede Shoes
Written by Carl Perkins
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Features Molly Ringwald and Robert Downey, Jr., solid "5" of 10 movie.
9 December 2001 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

What's most amazing about this film is 5% of the IMDb voters gave it a "10"! I suspect they are all friends, relatives, or agents of members of the cast. Molly, who was only 18, and Robert are fine, however the story and script are pretty plain. Both of them are "gamblers", Downey is trying to pick up Molly, doesn't succeed until the very end, the day after she told him "we're not good for each other." Gangsters and Atlantic City gambling are involved. Some pretty high-powered actors, like Keitel, Aiello, Baranski, Hopper, Bracco, Gunton (Shawshank warden) are in it.

This film is one of those in Ringwald's "hit void" between "Pretty in Pink" and "Betsy's Wedding", the latter a hit only because of the rest of the cast. Although she has been in many films, very few of us have seen her since 1990. I wonder what happened to her promising film career?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pick-up Artist See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,455,516, 20 September 1987

Gross USA:

$13,290,368

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,290,368
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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