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Pecker (1998)

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Release Date
 USA: Sep 25, 1998
DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 23, 1999

Budget $6,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for sexuality, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use.

Running Time
1 hour, 27 minutes

Country USA

Studio Polar Films

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Genre: Comedy, Satire, Gay/Lesbian, Thieves, Exploitation, Campy

Tagline: He never realized how far 35 millimeters would take him.

Plot: The winning 10th feature from John Waters straddles a fine line between the eager vulgarity of his earlier works and the sloppy sweetness of HAIRSPRAY and CRY-BABY. Set, as usual, in Baltimore, the film stars Edward Furlong as Pecker, a sweet-natured young fellow who happily passes the days photographing his surroundings with a cheap secondhand camera. Egging him on are his Virgin Mary-obsessed grandmother (Jean Schertler), his sugar-addicted younger sister (Lauren Hulsey), his kleptomaniac best friend (Brendan Sexton III), and his girlfriend (Christina Ricci), who runs a Laundromat with an iron fist. When Peckers works are "discovered" by a slumming NYC art dealer (Lili Taylor), his simple life is turned upside down, and he quickly realizes that he was happier as an unknown.

A valentine to--and satire of--the art world, PECKER makes strangely poignant statements about the nature of art and the value of fame. As someone with a foot in both the New York art scene and the earthiness of Baltimore, the title character obviously has more than a touch of the director in him. As with all other Waters films, those who are familiar with Baltimore culture will be even more richly rewarded.

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 Directed by
John Waters
Serial Mom, Cecil B. DeMented, Cry-Baby
 Written by
John Waters
Hairspray, Serial Mom, Cecil B. DeMented
Edward Furlong
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Christina Ricci
Sleepy Hollow, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Monster
Bess Armstrong
Jaws 3-D, Nothing in Common, High Road to China
Mary Kay Place
Being John Malkovich, Girl, Interrupted, Sweet Home Alabama
Martha Plimpton
The Goonies, Parenthood, Beautiful Girls
Lili Taylor
High Fidelity, Ransom, The Haunting
Mark Joy
Dogma, Black Knight, Takedown
 Music By
Stewart Copeland
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