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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 »

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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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He's caught in a pickle and everyone's watching! See more »

Genres:

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

Harry Stone: Why did I ever eat that salami on rye?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Features The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »

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Unbeatable
Written by Vernon Lynch, Jr. & Charles Murphy
Performed by K-9 Posse
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Generally fails to achieve its cinematic goal
7 January 1999 | by Jadzia79See all my reviews

It's very interesting to think of how very much this movie could have achieved and didn't. It was supposed to be a look at humanity versus consumerism and art versus marketability. The Pickle is actually three movies in one- we have the story of the director, the movie he has made, and the movie he wants to make. It's a good idea...but something got lost in the transition from idea to film. The story of the director is pretty depressing and largely painful to watch. Aiello's performance is merely adequate, and the relationships he rediscovers with his family and annoying girlfriend seem preachy and cliched. The movie he is about to release, about a giant pickle from outer space, is meant to be amusing high camp, but it's just plain weird. And the movie he dreams of making, based on his childhood, doesn't seem to have a real purpose. THIS moviegoer certainly wouldn't pick it over the space pickle movie.

In a nutshell, I don't think I'd pay money to see this film again, though if you bribed me with some of Little Richard's liver-flavored jelly beans I might give it a shot.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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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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