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52 Pick-Up (1986)

 -  Crime | Thriller  -  7 November 1986 (USA)
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A secret fling between a man and his mistress leads to blackmail and murder.

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Jim O'Boyle
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Cini
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Mark Arveson
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Dan Lowenthal
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Party Goer
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Party Goer (as Ron Jeremy Hyatt)
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Harry Mitchell, an L.A. manufacturer with a fancy car, a nice house, and a wife running for city council, has his life overturned when three hooded blackmailers appear with a video tape of Harry and his young mistress. He's been set up, and they want $100,000. To protect his wife's political ambitions, Harry won't go to the police; instead, he shines them on and then doesn't pay. They up their demands, so he goes on the offensive, tracking them down and trying to turn one against the other. Their sociopathic leader, Alan, responds with violence toward the mistress and menace toward Harry's wife. Will Harry let up and pay off Alan or can he find some other solution? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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7 November 1986 (USA)  »

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52 vive o muere  »

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This film's source novel is called '52 Pick-Up'. Coincidentally, lead actress Ellen Burstyn was 52 years of age when she acted in The Ambassador (1984), based on this same book. See more »

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Near the beginning of the film as Harry enters Cini's apartment we hear a gun being cocked and then see a .45 pistol being pointed at Harry's head. You can clearly see the hammer is not in the cocked position. See more »

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Alan Raimy: Then I asked the guy, I said, "Who told you where to find me?" Oh, he said it was you.
Leo Franks: I didn't tell him! Jesus Christ! I didn't even tell him your first name!
Alan Raimy: OK! It could have been someone else!
Leo Franks: All right, what about Doreen, huh? I mean, she went out with him!
Bobby Shy: She wouldn't talk to him.
Alan Raimy: How do you know that?
Bobby Shy: Because she's a friend of mine. And she knows if I found out, I'd throw her dead ass off a roof.
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Polished Leonard
20 November 2002 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

I've only read one of Leonard's crime novels and it didn't impress me much with its style. The guy writes as if he's producing a technical manual with people instead of parts. But the plot was interesting and dense, as it is in this movie. Roy Scheider never turns in a bad performance, and here his face is beginning to look comely and battered with time. He's also from Orange, New Jersey, which is a good place to start from. Scheider is Harry, a morally flawed businessman with a mechanical bent. Ann-Margaret is breathtakingly good looking, and her performance is exceptional. The same could be said of Vanity, but her part is rather small. The villains are all superb. John Glover is a delight to watch on screen -- and to listen to -- with that slimy smile and midlands Maryland accent that descends into working-class vulgar when the situation calls for it. He and Scheider played well off one another in "The Last Embrace." Clarence Williams is a sort of doggedly cunning and brutal muscleman, done quietly but effectively. There's something oddly amusing about his villainy. After Scheider and Ann-Margaret have clobbered him following a botched murder attempt (a little hard to believe), he sits in a chair having his picture taken while Scheider implants in his mind a few seeds of doubt about the probity of his partners in crime. An expression of dumb comprehension creeps slowly over his face and his eyes squint over his bleeding nose. Robert Trebor (terrific name, by the way, a palindrome) gives a nearly perfect imitation of a guy who is a sweating, shaking, desperately twitching nervous wreck, but still with his eye pinned on profit and, mostly, survival. What a trio of villains. The plot is, as I say, dense, but not difficult to follow. The story is in a style that Northrop Frye called low mimetic: Scheider is no hero, and in fact no better than the rest of us. That's what makes his outwitting of the trio so interesting. Frankenheimer's direction is fine, no flashy shots or dazzling fireworks. The story pulls a viewer along on its own terms. Not a masterpiece, but a cleverly done genre piece, it's worth seeing. Can't imagine why people flock to schlock while a movie like this goes by mostly unnoticed.


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