Pickle

Overview

Paul Mazursky directed this comedy, which blends a broad satire of the film industry with a thoughtful tale of a middle-aged man looking back on his life's failures. Harry Stone Danny Aiello is a film director who desperately needs a hit -- so desperately that he gets talked into directing an inane sci-fi film about a group of farm kids led by Ally Sheedy who grow an enormous pickle that they turn into a spaceship, allowing them to visit the planet Cleveland ruled by Little Richard and his right hand man, Griffin...
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Overview

Paul Mazursky directed this comedy, which blends a broad satire of the film industry with a thoughtful tale of a middle-aged man looking back on his life's failures. Harry Stone Danny Aiello is a film director who desperately needs a hit -- so desperately that he gets talked into directing an inane sci-fi film about a group of farm kids led by Ally Sheedy who grow an enormous pickle that they turn into a spaceship, allowing them to visit the planet Cleveland ruled by Little Richard and his right hand man, Griffin Dunne where everyone eats nothing but meat. Convinced that the film will flop, Harry is in a state of panic as he returns to New York with his Parisian girlfriend Francoise Clotilde Courau, a mere 20 years his junior, and visits his ex-wife Ellen Dyan Cannon; his mother Yetta Shelley Winters; and his son Gregory Chris Penn. Meanwhile Harry flashes back on his childhood and the film he could have made of it, and pitches his dream film a historical epic about the life of Montezuma to studio executives, who instead want him to make a movie kids can relate to. The Pickle was filmed in 1991, but only received a token theatrical release two years later. Actually, the sci-fi story with Little Richard as the undisputed ruler of Cleveland looks like it might have been an ideal vehicle for Edward D. Wood Jr..
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1997
  • UPC: 043396526839
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Aiello Harry Stone
Dyan Cannon Ellen Stone
Clotilde Courau Francoise
Shelley Winters Yetta
Barry Miller Ronnie Liebowitz
Jerry Stiller Phil Hirsch
Chris Penn Gregory Stone
Ally Sheedy Molly-Girl
Jodi Long Yakimoto Yakimura
Rebecca Miller Carrie
Stephen Tobolowsky Mike Krakower
Caroline Aaron Nancy Osborne
Linda Carlson Bernadette
Spalding Gray Dr. Spalding
Paul Mazursky Butch Levine
Griffin Dunne Planet Cleveland Man
Isabella Rossellini Planet Cleveland Woman
Dudley Moore Planet Cleveland Man
Elya Baskin Russian Cab Driver
Paul Bates Kareem
Geoffrey Blake Clem
Twink Caplan Crying Woman
Robert Cicchini Electronics Store Clerk
Steve Cody Tractor Man
Tony Conforti Crying Man in Candy Store
Caris Corfman Young Yetta
J.D. Daniels Young Harry
Ben Diskin Little Boy 1945
Eric Edwards Farm Boy
Fyvush Finkel Mr. Shacknoff
Carrie Frazier
Arthur French Car Man
Sol Frieder Grandfather
Shani Ginsberg
Michael Greene Mission Control Farmer
Castulo Guerra Jose Martinez
Michael Harris David
Brent Hinkley Farm Boy
Billy Jaye FX Man
Waldemar Kalinowski Crying Man
Rita Karin Grandmother
Erik King Man with Beer
Hap Lawrence Gothic Man
Betsy Mazursky Pharmacy Clerk
Jill Mazursky Tractor Woman
Davenia McFadden Woman in Window
Joe Pecoraro Doorman
Andre Philippe Mr. Aaronwitz
Patricia Place Gothic Woman
Stephen Polk Farm Boy
Sergio Premoli Alberto
Sharrieff Pugh Boy Who Also Stopped
John Rothman Chauffeur
Michael Shulman Young Butch
Brooke Smith 1st A.D.
Arthur Taxier Father
Technical Credits
Paul Mazursky Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Gary Alper Musical Direction/Supervision
John Berger Art Director
John Berger Art Director
James D. Bissell Production Designer
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Dorree Cooper Set Decoration/Design
James Hegedus Art Director
Beth Kushnick Set Decoration/Design
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Patrick McCormick Producer
Stuart H. Pappe Co-producer, Editor
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
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