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The Pest (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 7 February 1997 (USA)
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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>

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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:

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Release Date:

7 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monello flagello See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,817,278, 9 February 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Charles Hallahan who was in this movie and in Dante's Peak were both released on the same date February 7 1997 See more »


When Pest is having his toast with Gustav, and is presented with his weapons, the camera cuts back and forth between Pest and Gustav. Sometimes when the camera is on Gustav, you can see it is raining, even though in other shots it is a sunny day. See more »


[Leo, Gustav, and Himmer are driving in a VW Beetle]
Gustav: Couldn't you have picked a better car?
Himmel: I thought you'd like it. It's German.
Gustav: Haven't you ever heard of BMW, idiot?
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Spoofs I Dream of Jeannie (1965) See more »


Paris Techno
Written and Produced by Richard Rudolph (as Richard Rudolph) and Michael Sembello
Performed by Not Picasso
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Worst movie ever.
19 July 2002 | by mmmspikeSee all my reviews

If a friend recommends this movie to you, shoot them. Well, not really, but you should reconsider your friendship. The Pest is, without a doubt, the worst movie I've ever seen. EVER. And before you say "Oh, she just loves chick flicks!", let me say this: I hate chick flicks. I love comedies. But the only funny thing about this movie is that it ever got made.

Wait, I take that back, there are a lot of funny things. It's funny that The Pest is considered a good movie by some people. It's funny that some people find the jokes to be funny, whereas they are incredibly unintelligent and contrived. It's funny that anyone with an IQ over 2 would like this movie. Perhaps it appeals to some, but I simply cannot see why.

I watched this movie when I was in junior high, and even then, I found it to be juvenile and pathetic. In short, never watch this movie. Within the first minute I wanted to strangle the Pest to death and put him out of his misery. Because, truly, it would be misery to star in a movie this horrid.

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