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The Pickle (1993)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 30 April 1993 (USA)
Harry Stone (Danny Aiello), a formerly top notch director, has had three disastrous movies in a row. Facing dismissal from the top perch of Hollywood and finacial ruin from back taxes, he ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Mazursky

Writer:

Paul Mazursky
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Aiello ... Harry Stone
Dyan Cannon ... Ellen Stone
Clotilde Courau ... Françoise
Shelley Winters ... Yetta
Barry Miller ... Ronnie Liebowitz
Jerry Stiller ... Phil Hirsch
Chris Penn ... Gregory Stone
Little Richard ... President
Jodi Long ... Yakimoto Yakimura
Rebecca Miller ... Carrie
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Mike Krakower
Caroline Aaron ... Nancy Osborne
Rita Karin Rita Karin ... Grandmother
Linda Carlson Linda Carlson ... Bernadette
Kimiko Gelman ... Patti Wong (as Kimiko Cazanov)
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Harry Stone (Danny Aiello), a formerly top notch director, has had three disastrous movies in a row. Facing dismissal from the top perch of Hollywood and finacial ruin from back taxes, he is forced to take on a very commercial and, he believes, ridiculous movie. Now as he faces the film's release and, he believes, another total flop which will complete his ruin, he meets up with his son and daughter and his former wives (which includes Dyan Cannon) to examine his life and his future. The film examines the turmoil a movie director goes through with a film release. His agent (Jerry Stiller) assures him that he has a hit, while those around him wince (as does the audience) at the thought of the movie within the movie. The movie is "The Pickle", a supposedly social satire where a bunch of super-white kids from Kansas take vegetables into space via a super cucumber and land on an Earth-like planet where everyone lives only on beef and die at age 49. As shown in the excerpts of the film, ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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In every filmmaker's life, there comes a time to look deep inside himself, assess his artistic strengths and weaknesses, and adjust to the demands of his public. For director Harry Stone, that can mean only one thing... it's time to sell out. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality and some language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The telephone number to order the Cleveland Bible is 1-800-Bible... which doesn't seem like enough numbers to dial.. although it does take place in another universe, so who's to say. See more »

Quotes

Ronnie Liebowitz: I believe in pickle.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits shown over animated stars.... and a flying pickle. See more »

Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Unbeatable
Written by Vernon Lynch, Jr. & Charles Murphy
Performed by K-9 Posse
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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5 September 2014 | by manitobaman81See all my reviews

The story to this movie was very different and creative. It's dumb, loud and spectacular when it needed some wit and a better leading man. Everything about this film could make anyone laugh. An intelligent script, with direction that does it justice. It's a film that fails to take advantage of its cool premise, that makes you wish they had done better rather than spoiling a good idea. The editing lets the actors breathe and the music lets the atmosphere live. Still, I thought this was cute and not bad at all. There are slow spots, but to me the movie is too good to dismiss based on them. As a final rating, I receives 7 out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pickle See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,570, 2 May 1993

Gross USA:

$84,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,471
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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