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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Furlong ... Pecker
Christina Ricci ... Shelley
Bess Armstrong ... Dr. Klompus
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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1998 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Pecker See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$541,646, 27 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,281,761
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Polar Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Pecker's camera is an early model of the Canonet, a compact camera made over a period of more than a decade (primarily in the 1960s) by Canon for the consumer market. The camera takes so-so pictures, and today might be worth $20-$40, when it can be found. It is entirely plausible that Pecker might find such a camera in a thrift store, at a garage sale, or the like. See more »

Goofs

When Pecker's mom exits the gallery in New York a cab goes by from the "Checker" cab company of Baltimore. See more »

Quotes

Tina: Hi, Mary.
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Soundtracks

Swamp Thing
(1994)
Written by Dave Ball (as David Ball) and Richard Norris
Performed by The Grid
Courtesy of BMG Entertainment International UK and Ireland Ltd.
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Fun Film with a Point
16 June 2009 | by JimrsjdmSee all my reviews

The best thing about this movie is that it is fun. It is full of humorous characters and interesting situations, starting with the blithe, innocent Pecker (played appealingly by Edward Furlong) who likes to photograph almost everything he sees in every day life. Other great characters include Pecker's friend Matt ("he's a thief, but he's really a nice guy"), Pecker's sister Chrissy (who is addicted to sugar), and Pecker's Catholic grandmother who discovers life in a statuette of the Virgin Mary in her room.

The movie gently makes a point about how every day life has many riches to offer, and it succeeds in making this point without being too heavy-handed about it. There is always a risk, when making messages about the value and dignity of "common people", of sliding into a kind of reverse "holier than thou" - but "Pecker" avoids these traps, allowing the audience to get the point while allowing enough breathing room for viewers to compare this message to their own thoughts on the subject.

I recommend the movie mostly because it is a lot of fun.


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