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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 »

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

36 horas en Nueva York 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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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The telephone number to order the Cleveland Bible is 1-800-Bible... which doesn't seem like enough numbers to dial.. although it does take place in another universe, so who's to say. See more »

Quotes

Phil Hirsch: The studio called. How many seats do you want for the preview?
Harry Stone: Zero seats. I don't go to my own funerals.
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Crazy Credits

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

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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Good Morning Heartache
Written by Irene Higginbotham, Ervin Drake & Dan Fisher
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Great midlife crisis fantasy
3 October 2003 | by converse751See all my reviews

This is a great off-the-wall romantic comedy about love, work, pandering to the public taste, and midlife crises. The main character is a talented movie director who decides to make a silly PG-13 movie to get himself out of hock with the IRS. It has an excellent cast, a wide range of humor (from deadpan to slapstick), and fine writing. It's also a wry send-up of the movie industry. The metacommentary includes several excellent cuts between reality and the movie that's being made, and in some places the film departs from strict realism. The result is a multi-dimensional masterpiece of wry midlife humor.


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