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The Pickle (1993)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 30 April 1993 (USA)
Harry Stone (Danny Aiello), a formerly top notch director, has had three disastrous movies in a row. Facing dismissal from the top perch of Hollywood and finacial ruin from back taxes, he ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Mazursky

Writer:

Paul Mazursky
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Aiello ... Harry Stone
Dyan Cannon ... Ellen Stone
Clotilde Courau ... Françoise
Shelley Winters ... Yetta
Barry Miller ... Ronnie Liebowitz
Jerry Stiller ... Phil Hirsch
Chris Penn ... Gregory Stone
Little Richard ... President
Jodi Long ... Yakimoto Yakimura
Rebecca Miller ... Carrie
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Mike Krakower
Caroline Aaron ... Nancy Osborne
Rita Karin Rita Karin ... Grandmother
Linda Carlson Linda Carlson ... Bernadette
Kimiko Gelman ... Patti Wong (as Kimiko Cazanov)
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Harry Stone (Danny Aiello), a formerly top notch director, has had three disastrous movies in a row. Facing dismissal from the top perch of Hollywood and finacial ruin from back taxes, he is forced to take on a very commercial and, he believes, ridiculous movie. Now as he faces the film's release and, he believes, another total flop which will complete his ruin, he meets up with his son and daughter and his former wives (which includes Dyan Cannon) to examine his life and his future. The film examines the turmoil a movie director goes through with a film release. His agent (Jerry Stiller) assures him that he has a hit, while those around him wince (as does the audience) at the thought of the movie within the movie. The movie is "The Pickle", a supposedly social satire where a bunch of super-white kids from Kansas take vegetables into space via a super cucumber and land on an Earth-like planet where everyone lives only on beef and die at age 49. As shown in the excerpts of the film, ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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In every filmmaker's life, there comes a time to look deep inside himself, assess his artistic strengths and weaknesses, and adjust to the demands of his public. For director Harry Stone, that can mean only one thing... it's time to sell out. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality and some language | See all certifications »
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According to Simon Foster in an article entitled 'Remembering Paul Mazursky' at the 'Screen-Space' website, the studio ''Columbia Pictures deemed his 1993 film industry satire, 'The Pickle', 'unreleasable'.'' See more »

Quotes

Harry Stone: Thank God for New York doormen!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits shown over animated stars.... and a flying pickle. See more »

Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Autumn in New York
Written by Vernon Duke
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Not totally bad...
9 April 2007 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

It's hard to decide what to say about this one. It isn't totally, one hundred percent bad. Although the movie-in-a-movie is unspeakably bad, meant to be campy, but missing by a mile. I'm pretty sure that this is intentional, however. Danny Aiello is perfectly adequate here, and more or less nails his pathetic character. Dyan Cannon was good in a small role. Clotilde Courau was impressive as the latest twenty-something girlfriend. And Linda Carlson had a brave topless scene that she pulled off very well.

So, it's not totally bad, but I don't believe that this one accomplishes its goals. All in all, it's probably worth passing on.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pickle See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,570, 2 May 1993

Gross USA:

$84,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,471
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White (flashbacks) (sci-fi film)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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