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The Pick-up Artist (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 18 September 1987 (USA)
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cazachicas 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the film's English translations of its foreign film titles, according to the "Robert Downey, Jr. Film Guide" website, were as follows: Argentina: El Cazachicas (The Girlhunter); Brazil: O Rei da Paquera (The Pick-up King); Denmark: God til piger (Good to Girls); Finland: Katujen Casanova (Street Cassanova); France: Le Dragueur (The Dredger); Germany: Jack der Aufreisser (Jack the Ripper); Italy: Ehi... Ci Stai? (Hey... Are You There?); Poland: Podrywacz Artysta (A Fast-Working Artist); Sweden: Galen i Randy (Crazy for Randy); and Venezuela: El Cazachicas (The Girlhunter). See more »

Goofs

During the most of the movie, Randy wears a blouse is buttoned up to the neck and a necklace over the top of it. Except for the scene where she is exiting the casino after her big loss, as she walks out and her blouse is unbuttoned at the neck and she is not wearing the necklace. However, in the next scene the blouse is buttoned again and necklace returns. The description of an apparent discontinuity is accurate; however, in the shot with open blouse and sans necklace, Randy is also not wearing her jacket. In the following shot, as she emerges from the casino with Jack after her devastating setback, she has donned her jacket, buttoned her blouse, and restored her necklace. The apparent costume discontinuity dissolves in the brief lapse of unrecorded time. See more »

Quotes

Jack Jericho: What do you do for a living?
Mona: I'm studying for the priesthood.
Jack Jericho: No shit! Congratulations! Mona, I was just reading an article about the shortage of priests, especially female priests.
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Connections

Referenced in The Americans: Dead Hand (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Under The Boardwalk
Written by Arthur Resnick and Kenny Young
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Goes downhill fast after promising opening
6 October 1999 | by stills-6See all my reviews

One plot device that the movie turns on is absolutely unbelievable. I won't spoil it, but it stands out like a sore thumb. The opening twenty minutes or so are nicely done as the two leads get to know one another, sort of. After their lives are revealed to each other things get very dull and I can't get past the inanity of this plot point.

I thought Molly Ringwald was good in her role, what there was of it. The script is awful and that's a good deal of the problem, but there's no chemistry here, either.


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