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Pecker (1998)

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A talented young photographer, who enjoys snapping photos of his satirical, perverted Baltimore neighborhood and his wacky family, gets dragged into a world of pretentious artists from New York City and finds newfound fame.

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John Waters

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John Waters
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Furlong ... Pecker
Christina Ricci ... Shelley
Bess Armstrong ... Dr. Klompus
Mark Joy Mark Joy ... Jimmy
Mary Kay Place ... Joyce
Martha Plimpton ... Tina
Brendan Sexton III ... Matt
Mink Stole ... Precinct Captain
Lili Taylor ... Rorey Wheeler
Patricia Hearst ... Lynn Wentworth
Jean Schertler ... Memama
Lauren Hulsey ... Little Chrissy
Mo Fischer ... T-Bone (as Maureen Fischer)
Donald Neal Donald Neal ... Mr. Bozak
Carolyn Stayer Carolyn Stayer ... Miss Betty
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A Baltimore sandwich shop employee becomes an overnight sensation when a photographer's photos he's taken of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world. Written by Joe Blevins <joeblev@concentric.net>

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He never realized how far 35 millimeters would take him.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In a magazine interview done at the time of the film's release, Christina Ricci revealed that she hated Baltimore, John Waters's beloved home town and the main setting of this film. When he found out about this, Waters thought it was hilarious. Ricci also hated laundromats (her character is a workaholic laundromat manager) because she often had go to them as a child. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the opening credits, Pecker photographs a woman outside the Sub Pit. He is holding the camera vertically, but we are shown a horizontal view through the viewfinder. See more »

Quotes

[after boys tried smugly stealing clothes]
Blond Haired Cashier Lady: Now give me the camera and unzip your pants and show me your hardware or I'm calling the police.
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Connections

Referenced in Trapped in a Purple Haze (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy-Go-Lucky-Me
(1998)
Written by Al Byron and Paul Evans
Performed by Paul Evans
Courtesy of Post Music, Inc.
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User Reviews

Excellent, Mr. Waters...
13 January 1999 | by KevanoSee all my reviews

In true John Waters form, "Pecker" offers a pure glimpse of human nature. Being human entitles us to our own unique quirks and eccentricities that make us individuals. When we 'seemingly' normal people are influenced by our ever-changing society, that is when the humor begins.

I think the true beauty of this movie is in the acting. Waters guides his cast into committed characterizations, adding layer upon layer of sub-text until they blossom before your eyes. Waters approaches his characters the way a painter approaches his easel and taking a mental snapshot, paints his perspective. Add all these factors in and you see why I say Pecker is a great movie!

Bravo, John. I always enjoy your work, thank you for sharing your art and perspective with the world.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1998 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$541,646, 27 September 1998

Gross USA:

$2,281,761

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,281,761
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Polar Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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