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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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Jim O'Boyle
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Cini
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Dan Lowenthal
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Counter Girl
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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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Cini is not just a Nude Model in Detroit 'Porno' Houses! See more »

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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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Trivia

One of two 1986 movies first released in that year starring actor Roy Scheider. The other picture was The Men's Club (1986). See more »

Goofs

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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[Alan is showing a snuff film in which a girl is shot]
Alan Raimy: The best thing about Cini is that she not only lives her part, she dies it too.
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Written by George Russell
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Questioning your masculinity? Let this movie be your litmus test
2 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This slick and gritty film consistently delivers. It's one of Frankenheimer's best and most underrated films and it's easily the best Elmore Leonard adaptation to date (and if you are scratching your head thinking "but I loved GET SHORTY" you need to be punched in the face). In my opinion, no one captures the "feel" for Leonard's characters better then John Glover in 52 PICK-UP. The relocation of the story from Detroit (novel) to Hollywood (film) elevates the story's sleaze factor to amazing heights. Be a man, have a few beers and watch this movie. For reference purposes my favorite Leonard books are: Swag, Rum Punch, Cat Chaser, City Primeval, and 52 Pick-Up. My favorite Frankenheimer films include SECONDS and THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. I also have a real special place in my cold, movie heart for DEAD BANG and BLACK Sunday.


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