A Miami con man agrees to be the human target for a Neo-Nazi manhunter in order to collect $50,000 if he survives.


Paul Miller


David Bar Katz (story), John Leguizamo (story) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Leguizamo ... Pestario 'Pest' Vargas
Jeffrey Jones ... Gustav Shank
Freddy Rodríguez ... Ninja (as Freddy Rodriguez)
Pat Skipper ... Glen Livitt
Edoardo Ballerini ... Himmel Shank
Joe Morton ... Mr. Kent
Tammy Townsend ... Xantha Kent
Aries Spears ... Chubby
Charles Hallahan ... Angus
Tom McCleister ... Leo
Ivonne Coll ... Gladyz
Jorge Luis Abreu Jorge Luis Abreu ... Piercer
Jennifer Broughton Jennifer Broughton ... Bank Employee
Yau-Gene Chan Yau-Gene Chan ... Cook (as Yau Gene Chan)
Judyann Elder ... Mrs. Kent


Miami scam artist Pest Vargas is on the run from the Scottish mob and a German headhunter, the mob after 50,000 dollars, the German guy after his head. Pest dons many disguises in an attempt to evade their clutches. Written by Adam "Mr. Movie" Hakari <spotlite@chibardun.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


What kind of freakazoid would let someone hunt him just to collect $50,000? Next question.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude sexual, scatalogical and ethnic humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


The film was shot in 32 days. See more »


When pest is having his hunting toast on Gustav's island his glass is empty for two shots and then is full for one and becomes empty again on the fourth shot. See more »


Himmel: I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to bore you with the defining trauma of my life.
See more »


References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »


Oye Querido
Written and Produced by Richard Rudolph (as Richard Rudolph) and Michael Sembello
Performed by Alfredo "Loco 47" Rubalcava and Maya Rudolph
See more »

User Reviews

SHOOT the Director
11 January 2001 | by mr.pink-4See all my reviews

I rented this movie,,,I felt like hanging myself with the tape,but I was sure it would have been crap to,and it would have broke.This was one of the WORST movies I have ever seen,Its in my top 10 of worst movies ever.Sad to say I have seen better movies late night on HBO,You know the ones with the storyline which goes: Dancer must chace down inner city thugs,who have captured her friend who was involved in selling drugs.Those are usually the worst movies ever,but The Pest goes far beyond,,It is perhaps the most annoying movie ever made,,Sadly in 25 years it will probely be looked at as a campy,"they meant to make it bad" movie,and people will search it down and buy it up,and a special edition DVD will come out with the director saying "As I was making this film,I knew we were on to something,,John is a genious,a comedic ghandi",,There will be special deleted scense which they had "just found",which will be the worst pieces of celluloid ever shot,,What can I say ,,I mean HOW did it get as many stars as it did,,AHHHHH,,People are nuts

3 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 137 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

7 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pest See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,817,278, 9 February 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed