The Pickle

 (12)1 h 42 min1993R
Renowned film director Harry Stone has been stung by a series of flops. In an attempt to get out ofdebt, he takes the only option open to him--directing a teenage science-fiction movie about...a flying pickle. Convinced he has committed artistic suicide, Harry looks for comfort from his mother, his ex-wife, and his too-young French girlfriend.
Paul Mazursky
Danny AielloBarry MillerDyan Cannon
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Shelly WintersLittle RichardChris PennAlly SheedyShelley WintersClotilda CourauJerry Stiller
Paul Mazursky
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Annie Van AukenReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2009
2.0 out of 5 stars
'The Pickle' will leave a sour taste in your mouth
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THE PICKLE (1993) stars Danny Aiello as Harry Stone, a burnt-out, depressed movie director. After three major stinkbombs in a row, his current project, "The Pickle" is totally ridiculous and Harry knows it, yet as a professional he does his best to get into the spirit of the thing while filming ("More pickle juice!").

This insipid "movie within a movie" features a gigantic misshapen gherkin that transports kids to outer space, a planet where everyone dies by age 49, and Little Richard as the President of Cleveland with his liver-flavored jelly beans.

Directed (for real!) by Paul Mazursky. The excellent cast must've felt trapped in a nightmare while shooting, but they undoubtedly swallowed their pride (along with lots of pickle juice) to appear in this cucumber. Included are:

Dyan Cannon, Shelley Winters, Barry Miller, Jerry Stiller, Chris Penn, Little Richard, Steven Tobolowsky (remember him as "Needlenose Ned the Head" in [[ASIN:B000Z8GZYW GROUNDHOG DAY]]?), Ally Sheedy, Spaulding Gray, Fyvush Finkel, the entire Mazursky family, plus in uncredited cameos: Donald Trump, Isabella Rossellini and Dudley Moore.

A roster THAT good yet a movie THIS bad! Can you believe it?
rebecca sReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2014
1.0 out of 5 stars
but it was pretty bad. saying that
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in truth, we only purchased it to see if we could spot our daughter in a scene she was an extra in. she wasnt. tried to watch the movie, but it was pretty bad. saying that, paul mazursky was a great director, and 2 of his other films were brilliant. i recommend "bob,carol,ted & alice", a ground breaking film with a gorgeous natalie wood and dyan cannon, and his later film, the hysterically funny and poignant, "down and out in Beverly Hills" with nick nolte, richard dreyfuss, and bette midler.
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O. BenetReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2013
2.0 out of 5 stars
Great teaser trailer ....
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The trailer for this film, was great, funny, and made the movie look as though it too might be funny, and a viable buy. Danny Aielo, is a great actor, Dyan Cannon .... but the plot was thin, the humor was really non existent. Looking back, even the trailer isn't funny anymore. It was a waste of money to make, a waste of my money to buy and a waste of my time to watch ....
rebbecca diaz/cookReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
bought this movie because of the stars in it, big mistake.
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movie sucked, but the service and price were good
William H. Kern, Jr.Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
It is a PICKLE. Better than the Killer tomatoes
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I saw this on Amazon and bought it cent. How could I go wrong? And it was fun to watch, although I wonder if it was released in theaters? It is better than many other comedic films. And it has a lot of laughs. How can anyone go wrong when postage is the biggest past of buying it?
p. silvermanReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars
(pause) Sour.
It's always good to watch performers like Danny Aiello, Shelley Winters, and Dyan Cannon in an imaginative this movie was supposed to be. Maybe "The Pickle" was to be Paul Mazursky's "Stardust Memories" [Woody Allen's highly personal and decidedly off-beat effort]. All three try to wring life out of an unfocused, one-note script, leaving the viewer with the uncomfortable feeling that the performances are merely drammatic exercises in an acting class.
The premise is interesting: Aiello, the serious director of "art" films can no longer make a buck doing 'em, so he is convinced that in order to keep the home fires burning he must...stretch a bit. Like make a all-out crowd-pleaser with all the trendy, commercial stuff you can think of, with a totally spaced out science fiction backdrop. So the burned out Director reaches into his own psyche for whatever feels right, whatever works. When he was a child he was rewarded with a nice juicy pickle. So a pickle takes on guargantuan proportions and seemingly human intelligence.
One depressing and pointless scene blends into the next.
While the premiere of the film takes place its' embarrassed Director attempts to take his life in a hotel room and Aiello's acting is strong, but again pretentiousness reduces the impact. Little Richard fans note that the Architect makes a second Mazursky appearance - the first being the '86 "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" with a production number of the 1956 recording of "Good Golly, Miss Molly".
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Jason VanceReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars
�More pickle juice!�
Danny ("The Professional," "Jacob's Ladder") Aiello plays a once-respected director who whores himself out to do a big budget sci-fi action flick, hysterically rolling-out his anxieties, fears, and mid-life neuroses on the eve of the film's premiere. Shelly ("The Poseidon Adventure") Winters is Aiello's tough, no-nonsense mum, and the movie-in-a-movie is actually pretty cool, featuring Ally Sheedy, Griffin Dunne, and Little Richard as the president of an alien world, whose inhabitants eat only beef. "More pickle juice!"
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J. SeveryReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great music!
The film is average but Michel Legrand's music is just great, even James Bondesque at times. Too bad there's no original soundtrack of the movie on CD. It would sell well.
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