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FULL SYNOPSIS

John Waters wrote and directed this $6.5 million satire on the Manhattan art world, a rags-to-riches comedy about 18-year-old amateur photographer Pecker (so named because he pecks at his food). Pecker (Edward Furlong) is a blue-collar kid who works in a Baltimore sandwich shop and takes snapshots of family, friends, and customers. His mom, Joyce (Mary Kay Place) runs a thrift shop where she offers fashion advice to the homeless, while sis Tina (Martha Plimpton) recruits go-go boys to dance at the local Fudge Palace. Pecker's younger sister, Little Chrissy (Lauren Hulsey), has a sugar addiction, and his grandmother, Memama (Jean Schertler), the "pit beef" queen of Baltimore, conducts prayer meetings with her talking statue of Mary. After hip Manhattan art dealer Rorey Wheeler (Lili Taylor) becomes fascinated with Pecker's photos, a big exhibition is in the offing, followed by overnight fame as the young man becomes the new darling of the New York art scene. Soon Pecker discovers that fame has its price. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:September 11, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Christina Ricci Best Supporting Actress 1998 Winner

Cast

Edward Furlong
as Pecker
Christina Ricci
as Shelley
Mary Kay Place
as Joyce
Martha Plimpton
as Tina
Brendan Sexton III
as Matt
Mark Joy
as Jimmy
Mink Stole
as Precinct Captain
Lili Taylor
as Rorey
Bess Armstrong
as Dr. Klompus
Patricia Hearst
as Lynn Wentworth
Jean Schertler
as Memama
Lauren Hulsey
as Little Chrissy
Donald Neal
as Mr. Bozak

Crew

John Waters
Director
Mark Tarlov
Producer
John Fiedler
Producer
John Waters
Screenwriter
Robert M. Stevens
Cinematographer
Stewart Copeland
Composer (Music Score)
Janice Hampton
Editor
Vincent Peranio
Production Designer
Mark Ordesky
Executive Producer
Joe Revitte
Executive Producer
Jonathan Weisgal
Executive Producer
Joseph M. Caracciolo, Jr.
Executive Producer
Van Smith
Costume Designer
Rick Angelella
Sound/Sound Designer
Pat Moran
Casting
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