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 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?