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.

Director:

John Waters

Writer:

John Waters
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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 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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

At the meal after Pecker's New York exhibition opening, Pecker's gallerist Rorey Wheeler says "hi Colin, hi Pat" to characters off-screen. She is probably referencing Colin de Land and his wife Pat Hearn, both legendary New York gallery owners (of American Fine Arts, Co. and Pat Hearn Gallery respectively). At the time Pecker was filmed, director John Waters was represented by American Fine Arts, Co. 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

Little Chrissy: I just killed a worm!
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Connections

Referenced in Final Destination (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Straight Boys
Written by John Waters and Stewart Copeland
Performed by Vicki Randle (as Vicky Randle) and Stewart Copeland
Courtesy of Palmyra Music, BMI
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quirky fun
25 October 1998 | by lulu-10See all my reviews

Just saw this in New York, it will never come to St. Croix! I liked it a lot, made me laugh. This is the most accessible of any of John Waters' movies I've seen and I like that, doesn't hit you over the head with weirdness. Waters is so good at taking a normal situation and making it appear just slightly off kilter. There are some great characters here...Ed Furlong is wonderfully wholesome and believable as Pecker, Christina Ricci is terrific in a very intense way as a too normal no frills small city girl. This movie is just plain good fun, it's easy to laugh at everybody and not feel mean spirited. Oh yeah and good to see Patty Hearst having some fun.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1998 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Pecker See more »

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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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