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Director  Paul Miller
Music director  Kevin Kiner
Country  United States
4.9/10 IMDb

4.4/5 Amazon

Genre  Comedy
Initial DVD release  June 13, 2000
Language  English Chinese
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Writer  David Bar Katz, John Leguizamo
Release date  February 7, 1997 (1997-02-07)
Cast  John Leguizamo (Pestario 'Pest' Vargas), Jeffrey Jones (Gustav), Edoardo Ballerini (Himmel), Pat Skipper (Glen Livitt)
Similar movies  All Ladies Do It, Fish Tank, Bare, Chasers, Zebra Lounge, All About Anna
Tagline  What kind of freakazoid would let someone hunt him just for $50.000… Next question.

The Pest is a 1997 American comedy film inspired by the classic short story "The Most Dangerous Game". Comedian John Leguizamo plays a Puerto Rican con artist in Miami, Florida named Pestario Rivera Garcia Picante Salsa Vargas (also known as "Pest") who agrees to be the human target for a racist German manhunter for a US$50,000 reward.


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The Pest (1997 film) movie scenes
  • John Leguizamo as Pestario 'Pest' Vargas
  • Jeffrey Jones as Gustav Shank
  • Edoardo Ballerini as Himmel Shank
  • Freddy Rodríguez as Bruce "Ninja"
  • Tammy Townsend as Xantha Kent
  • Aries Spears as Chubbs
  • Charles Hallahan as Angus
  • Tom McCleister as Leo
  • Joe Morton as Mr. Kent
  • Ivonne Coll as Gladyz
  • Pat Skipper as Glen Livitt
  • Jorge Luis Abreu as Piercer
  • Jennifer Broughton as Bank Employee
  • Yau-Gene Chan as Cook
  • Judyann Elder as Mrs. Kent
  • Paul Harris as Karaoke Singer
  • Joe Jokubeit as Laphroig
  • David Bar Katz as White Guy
  • Will Potter as White Guy
  • Les Lannom as Bagpipe Player
  • Jim Lau as Mr. Cheung
  • Barrie Mizerski as Host
  • Hugh Murphy as Emcee
  • Kristin Norton as Trixy
  • Ray Garaza as Puerto Rican Boy
  • Yelba Osorio as Malaria
  • Tony Perez as Felix
  • Aviva Rosenbloom as Cantor
  • Julian Scott Urena as Sergio
  • Critical response

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    The film was a box office bomb. Jeff Millar of the Houston Chronicle wrote that "This film is utterly without discipline or focus in a way that—to one's shame—one eventually finds oddly endearing". Dwayne E. Leslie of Boxoffice magazine said that "The script and Leguizamo's talents don't mesh, so the actor comes off as more offensive than funny." Bill Hoffman of The New York Post gave the comedy three and half out of five stars. Mick LaSalle of San Francisco Chronicle said of Leguizamo's performance "Obviously, someone must have told Leguizamo he's a comic genius. Whoever did that wasn't a good friend."

    Audience response

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    The film grossed $3.5 million on an estimated budget of $17 million. On the Internet Movie Database, the film has an overall rating of 4.9/10 with 6,385 votes. Director Paul Miller provided an audio commentary track for the film's 2001 DVD release. The film was rated PG-13 for crude sexual, scatological and ethnic humor.

    The Pest (1997 film) movie scenes
    The Pest (1997 film) movie scenes


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