The Pick-up Artist (film)

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This article is about the 1987 film. For the 2007 VH1 reality series, see The Pick-up Artist (TV series).
The Pick-up Artist
Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Toback
Produced by Warren Beatty
David Leigh MacLeod
Written by James Toback
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Gordon Willis
Edited by David Bretherton
Angelo Corrao
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
September 18, 1987
Running time
81 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Budget $15 million
Box office $13,290,368

The Pick-up Artist is a 1987 American romantic-comedy film written and directed by James Toback, starring Molly Ringwald and Robert Downey Jr.


Randy Jensen is a smart, independent tour guide who beats womanizer Jack Jericho at his own game. After a quick fling, her indifference only causes him to become smitten with her.

Randy is too busy for romance, trying to keep her alcoholic gambler father, Flash Jensen, out of harm's way. Jack's persistence soon pays off when he offers to help rescue Randy's dad from the mob.



James Toback wrote the film for Warren Beatty who liked the script but was reluctant to play a character driven by his erotic compulsions. Toback then considered Robert de Niro but ultimately decided the role should be played by a younger actor.[1]



The movie has gained generally mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds a 55% rating based on 20 reviews.[2][3][4][5]

Box office[edit]

The movie opened at number 5 at the US Box Office.[6]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD on December 16, 2003.[7]


  1. ^ James Toback, "A Hollywood Mis-Education", Vanity Fair, March 2014 accessed 10 February 2014
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  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (1987-09-18). "Movie Review - The Pick Up Artist - Film: 'Pickup Artist,' From James Toback -". Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  4. ^ "The Pick-Up Artist :: :: Reviews". 1987-09-18. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  5. ^ "'The Pick-Up Artist' (PG-13)". 1987-09-18. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  6. ^ "Weekend Box Office - Los Angeles Times". 1991-01-08. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
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