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The Pick-up Artist (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 18 September 1987 (USA)
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A womanizer meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the mafia.


James Toback


James Toback





Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Ringwald ... Randy Jensen
Robert Downey Jr. ... Jack Jericho (as Robert Downey)
Dennis Hopper ... Flash
Danny Aiello ... Phil
Mildred Dunnock ... Nellie
Harvey Keitel ... Alonzo
Brian Hamill Brian Hamill ... Mike
Tamara Bruno Tamara Bruno ... Karen
Vanessa Williams ... Rae
Angie Kempf Angie Kempf ... Jack's Student
Polly Draper ... Pat
Frederick Koehler ... Richie
Robert Towne ... Stan
Victoria Jackson ... Lulu
Lorraine Bracco ... Carla


In New York City, Jack Jericho, an elementary school teacher who lives with and takes care of his ailing grandmother Nellie, is a bit of a scammer, most notably demonstrated by he continually rehearsing his corny pick-up line in front of the mirror. Along with his good looking but slightly broken down vintage red Camaro convertible and his surface charm, Jack scours the streets for women he is attracted to to use his well-rehearsed pick-up line, he asking the important questions, such as marital status of his potential conquests, after the fact if he asks at all, the answers to which he doesn't really care. These pick-ups work a small percentage of the time, which is good enough for him as he collects his conquests' telephone numbers written down on a well-worn piece of paper he carries around with him at all times. Jack eventually uses his pick-up routine on two women he spies at a nightclub associated with who he will learn is mobster Alonzo Scolara. The first is Lulu, Alonzo's dumb... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Pick-Up Artist... has finally met his match.


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


According to the "Robert Downey, Jr. Film Guide" website, Warren Beatty was originally involved as a producer, but he was unhappy with how the movie turned out, and wouldn't put his name on it. See more »


In the movie's final scene, Randi (Molly Ringwald) appears outside Jack's (Robert Downey Jr.) Home as Jack emerges. But Randi should have no idea where Jack lives, and the home belongs to his grandmother so he can't look it up. See more »


Jack Jericho: Has anyone said you have a magnificent smile and skin invented to be touched?
Lulu: No one who wasn't trying to pick me up.
Jack Jericho: And would that be a sin?
Lulu: A mistake.
Jack Jericho: No. Desire is never a mistake. Only rejection is.
Lulu: It isn't going to happen.
Jack Jericho: How can you say that when this look on your face is bubbling with curiosity?
Lulu: Because my boyfriend's gonna be back any minute and if I'm not here he'll kill me.
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Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)
Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector
Performed by The Crystals
Produced by Phil Spector
Courtesy of Phil Spector International
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The Pick Up Artist
29 June 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Dreary romance-comedy about a womanizer (Downey Jr.) who finally meets his match in a museum tour guide. (Ringwald) Obvious vehicle for Ringwald, who is fine, but Downey Jr. is the one who is given the most screen time...hence the one who sinks the film.

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Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,455,516, 20 September 1987

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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