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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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

In the opening scene, the number of the bus is 7734. According to John Waters, this is an old Catholic school joke since '7734' upside-down "spells" hell. See more »

Goofs

Pecker serves Miss Emily a sandwich with melted cheese. The close-up shows the sandwich with unmelted slices of cheese. See more »

Quotes

Pervert on Phone: Come on, be a good little girl and put your vagina up to the phone!
Shelley: Shove it, fuckwad!
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Connections

Featured in The Roseanne Show: Episode #1.11 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Pecker Man
Written by Stewart Copeland
Performed by Damecus Metoyer and Stewart Copeland
Courtesy of Palmyra Music, BMI
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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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