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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.. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 30, 1993

Cast

Danny Aiello
as Harry Stone
Dyan Cannon
as Ellen Stone
Clotilde Courau
as Francoise
Shelley Winters
as Yetta
Barry Miller
as Ronnie Liebowitz
Jerry Stiller
as Phil Hirsch
Chris Penn
as Gregory Stone
Jodi Long
as Yakimoto Yakimura
Rebecca Miller
as Carrie
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Mike Krakower
Caroline Aaron
as Nancy Osborne
Linda Carlson
as Bernadette
Ally Sheedy
as Molly-Girl
Spalding Gray
as Dr. Spalding
Paul Mazursky
as Butch Levine
Griffin Dunne
as Planet Cleveland Man
Isabella Rossellini
as Planet Cleveland Woman
Dudley Moore
as Planet Cleveland Man
Carrie Frazier
Shani Ginsberg
Michael Shulman
as Young Butch
Rita Karin
as Grandmother
J.D. Daniels
as Young Harry
Elya Baskin
as Russian Cab Driver
Michael Greene
as Mission Control Farmer
Robert Cicchini
as Electronics Store Clerk
John Rothman
as Chauffeur
Castulo Guerra
as Jose Martinez
Caris Corfman
as Young Yetta
Arthur Taxier
as Father
Sol Frieder
as Grandfather
Ben Diskin
as Little Boy 1945
Geoffrey Blake
as Clem
Brent Hinkley
as Farm Boy
Eric Edwards
as Farm Boy
Stephen Polk
as Farm Boy
Paul Bates
as Kareem
Joe Pecoraro
as Doorman
Betsy Mazursky
as Pharmacy Clerk
Arthur French
as Car Man
Erik King
as Man with Beer
Davenia McFadden
as Woman in Window
Sharrieff Pugh
as Boy Who Also Stopped
Billy Jaye
as FX Man
Sergio Premoli
as Alberto
Brooke Smith
as 1st A.D.
Andre Philippe
as Mr. Aaronwitz
Fyvush Finkel
as Mr. Shacknoff
Waldemar Kalinowski
as Crying Man
Twink Caplan
as Crying Woman
Tony Conforti
as Crying Man in Candy Store
Jill Mazursky
as Tractor Woman
Hap Lawrence
as Gothic Man
Patricia Place
as Gothic Woman
Robert Cicchini
as Electronics Store Clerk
Davenia McFadden
as Woman in Window
Ben Diskin
as Little Boy 1945
Castulo Guerra
as Jose Martinez
Tony Conforti
as Crying Man in Candy Store
Paul Bates
as Kareem
Sergio Premoli
as Alberto
Sol Frieder
as Grandfather
Brooke Smith
as 1st A.D.
Arthur Taxier
as Father
J.D. Daniels
as Young Harry
Geoffrey Blake
as Clem
Hap Lawrence
as Gothic Man
Waldemar Kalinowski
as Crying Man
Erik King
as Man with Beer
Betsy Mazursky
as Pharmacy Clerk
Michael Shulman
as Young Butch
Elya Baskin
as Russian Cab Driver
Eric Edwards
as Farm Boy
Joe Pecoraro
as Doorman
Michael Greene
as Mission Control Farmer
Jill Mazursky
as Tractor Woman
Brent Hinkley
as Farm Boy
Rita Karin
as Grandmother
Billy Jaye
as FX Man
Twink Caplan
as Crying Woman
John Rothman
as Chauffeur
Stephen Polk
as Farm Boy
Fyvush Finkel
as Mr. Shacknoff
Arthur French
as Car Man
Andre Philippe
as Mr. Aaronwitz
Caris Corfman
as Young Yetta
Sharrieff Pugh
as Boy Who Also Stopped

Crew

Paul Mazursky
Director
Paul Mazursky
Producer
Patrick McCormick
Producer
Paul Mazursky
Screenwriter
Fred Murphy
Cinematographer
Gary Alper
Musical Direction/Supervision
Michel Legrand
Composer (Music Score)
Stuart H. Pappe
Editor
James D. Bissell
Production Designer
Christopher Burian-Mohr
Art Director
James Hegedus
Art Director
Stuart H. Pappe
Co-producer
Dorree Cooper
Set Designer
Beth Kushnick
Set Designer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
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