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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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Cini
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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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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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In the final scene when Alan starts the E-type Jaguar he does it by turning the key, yet that car (as to all pre-1968 XKEs) starts with a starter button on the dashboard, as was demonstrated when it first appears in Harry Mitchell's garage. See more »

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Harry: [taking pictures of Doreen as she strips] The last one was underexposed.
Doreen: Oh, yeah? And I say wait 'til I get my pants off, you want more exposure.
Harry: That's pretty good.
Doreen: Or, as the dude says, "What size is your aperture?"
Harry: A lot of laughs in your business, huh?
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Stratusphunk
Written by George Russell
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Sleazy and effective thriller
26 January 2003 | by (Oceanside,Ca.) – See all my reviews

I've always liked this John Frankenheimer film. Good script by Elmore Leonard and the main reason this wasn't just another thriller is because of Frankenheimer. His taut direction and attention to little details make all the difference, he even hired porn star Ron Jeremy as a consultant! You can make a case that its the last good film Roy Scheider made. I've always said that Robert Trebor gave just a terrific performance. Clarence Williams III got all the publicity with his scary performance and he's excellent also but I really thought Trebor stood out. Frankenheimer may not be as proud of this film as others but it is an effective thriller full of blackmail, murder, sex, drugs, and real porno actors appear in sleazy parts. What can you say about a film that has Ann Margaret being shot up with drugs and raped? A guilty pleasure to say the least. Vanity has a real sleazy role and a very young Kelly Preston makes an early appearance. A classic exploitive thriller that shouldn't be forgotten.


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