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52 Pick-Up (1986)

R  |   |  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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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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Crime | Thriller

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52 vive o muere  »

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Trivia

Porn stars Amber Lynn, Sharon Mitchell and Ron Jeremy appear in the film in the party sequence. See more »

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When Doreen strips for Harry she gets down to just panties, then in later reverse angle shots she her garter reappears. See more »

Quotes

Alan Raimy: I could be walking into something.
Harry: Buddy, you could be walking into surgery.
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Referenced in Blood Massacre (1991) See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
Words by Jack Yellen
Music by Milton Ager (as Milton Ayer)
Published by CBS Robins Catalogue
Performed by The Gary Tole Orchestra
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Hard boiled thriller. Brutal and rivetting.
9 September 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I must have passed this movie in my local video store a dozen times without picking it off the shelf, thinking from the packaging, the era the movie was released in, and the presence of Ann-Margret and Tiffany, that it was just another generic "action" movie like an 80s Stallone, or 'Action Jackson'. Luckily a savvy movie buff recommended '52 Pick-Up' to me, for which I will be forever indebted. Closer inspection reveals the team behind this hard boiled thriller to be underrated director John Frankenheimer ('The Manhurian Candidate', 'Seconds') and crime fiction master Elmore Leonard. (hits forehead! "WHY didn't I already KNOW this?!").

Apart from the aesthetic LOOK of this movie, and a cheesy score, it in no way resembles your standard 80s action fare. It is a lot grittier, morally ambiguous and less predictable than that, and closer to the best 70s crime movies.

Roy Scheider is solid as usual as a blackmailed businessman who decides to fight back, and Ann-Margaret surprises with a strong portrayal of betrayed wife. But the real stars here, and what makes this movie essential viewing, are the brilliantly realized bad guys - John Glover, Clarence Williams III and Robert Trebor.

Trebor is perfect as the slimy, nervous "weak link" Leo. Williams III stunning as the amoral bad ass killer Bobby. And John Glover is simply perfect as their double-crossing, deliciously evil leader Raimy. '52 Pick-Up' is brutal and rivetting viewing that shines out as a beacon of 70s cool from an ocean of 80s dumb thrillers. Don't miss this one whatever you do!!


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