The Pickle

The Pickle

Director: Paul Mazursky Cast: Danny Aiello, Dyan Cannon, Clotilde Courau

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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..

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2007
UPC: 0043396185821
Original Release: 1993
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:43:00

Special Features

Audio commentary from writer/director Paul Mazursky; Featurette: Tales of The Pickle filmed at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Hollywood; Previews

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
Carrie Frazier Actor
Shani Ginsberg Actor
Michael Shulman Young Butch
Rita Karin Grandmother
J.D. Daniels Young Harry
Elya Baskin Russian Cab Driver
Michael Greene Mission Control Farmer
Robert Cicchini Electronics Store Clerk
John Rothman Chauffeur
Castulo Guerra Jose Martinez
Caris Corfman Young Yetta
Arthur Taxier Father
Sol Frieder Grandfather
Ben Diskin Little Boy 1945
Geoffrey Blake Clem
Brent Hinkley Farm Boy
Eric Edwards Farm Boy
Stephen Polk Farm Boy
Paul Bates Kareem
Joe Pecoraro Doorman
Betsy Mazursky Pharmacy Clerk
Michael Harris David
Arthur French Car Man
Erik King Man with Beer
Davenia McFadden Woman in Window
Sharrieff Pugh Boy Who Also Stopped
Billy Jaye FX Man
Sergio Premoli Alberto
Brooke Smith 1st A.D.
Andre Philippe Mr. Aaronwitz
Fyvush Finkel Mr. Shacknoff
Waldemar Kalinowski Crying Man
Twink Caplan Crying Woman
Tony Conforti Crying Man in Candy Store
Jill Mazursky Tractor Woman
Hap Lawrence Gothic Man
Patricia Place Gothic Woman
Steve Cody Tractor Man

Technical Credits
Paul Mazursky Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Gary Alper Musical Direction/Supervision
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
Patrick McCormick Producer
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Stuart H. Pappe Co-producer,Editor
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Pickle
1. Start [9:22]
2. Pre-Premiere Jitters [8:14]
3. Francoise [4:33]
4. "Show Me The Pickle!" [8:06]
5. Mom [9:03]
6. The Interview [8:41]
7. Catching Up With Family [10:08]
8. Health Concerns [6:11]
9. Audience Research [10:47]
11. Butch [7:01]
12. Surprise [12:40]
13. Lift-Off [7:55]

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