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Pecker (1998)

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.

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

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9 October 1998 (Canada)  »

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Der Pecker  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$541,646 (USA) (27 September 1998)

Gross:

$2,281,761 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Pecker's camera is an early model of the Canonet, a compact camera made over a period of more than a decade (primarily in the 1960s) by Canon for the consumer market. The camera takes so-so pictures, and today might be worth $20-$40, when it can be found. It is entirely plausible that Pecker might find such a camera in a thrift store, at a garage sale, or the like. See more »

Goofs

In Pecker's darkroom, his prints are being taken out of the fixer after only a few seconds instead of the required five minutes and then immediately hung to dry instead of being rinsed in water for 10 minutes. The basement windows are also uncovered. See more »

Quotes

Pecker: I love you, little Chrissy. No matter what.
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Soundtracks

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
(1935)
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Lyrics by Joe Young
Performed by Billy Williams
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Fun Film with a Point
16 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The best thing about this movie is that it is fun. It is full of humorous characters and interesting situations, starting with the blithe, innocent Pecker (played appealingly by Edward Furlong) who likes to photograph almost everything he sees in every day life. Other great characters include Pecker's friend Matt ("he's a thief, but he's really a nice guy"), Pecker's sister Chrissy (who is addicted to sugar), and Pecker's Catholic grandmother who discovers life in a statuette of the Virgin Mary in her room.

The movie gently makes a point about how every day life has many riches to offer, and it succeeds in making this point without being too heavy-handed about it. There is always a risk, when making messages about the value and dignity of "common people", of sliding into a kind of reverse "holier than thou" - but "Pecker" avoids these traps, allowing the audience to get the point while allowing enough breathing room for viewers to compare this message to their own thoughts on the subject.

I recommend the movie mostly because it is a lot of fun.


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