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 masked blackmailers appear with a video tape of Harry and his young mistress. He's been set up, and they want $105,000. 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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This film's source novel is called '52 Pick-Up'. Coincidentally, Ellen Burstyn who played in the earlier version, entitled The Ambassador (1984), was 52 years of age at the time. 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 »

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Alan Raimy: I want you to know what we know so your mind will be clear, you dig?
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References Water Power (1977) See more »

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Gotta Have You
Written by Michael Bishop and Scott Page
Published by Cannon Film Music (BMI)
Performed by The Lucas Sisters
Produced by Michael Bishop
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Sleazy and effective thriller
26 January 2003 | by (United States) – 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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