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52 Pick-Up (1986)

A secret fling between a man and his mistress leads to blackmail and murder.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (novel), Elmore Leonard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Harry Mitchell
Ann-Margret ... Barbara Mitchell
Vanity ... Doreen
John Glover ... Alan Raimy
Robert Trebor ... Leo Franks
Lonny Chapman ... Jim O'Boyle
Kelly Preston ... Cini
Doug McClure ... Mark Arveson
Clarence Williams III ... Bobby Shy
Alex Henteloff Alex Henteloff ... Dan Lowenthal
Michelle Walker Michelle Walker ... Counter Girl
Philip Bartko Philip Bartko ... Test Site Worker
Tom Byron ... Party Goer
Herschel Savage ... Party Goer (as Harvey Cowen)
Ron Jeremy ... Party Goer (as Ron Jeremy Hyatt)
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Storyline

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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A gripping, fast-paced suspense thriller of homicidal blackmail . . . See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

52 vive o muere See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,654,835, 9 November 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,186,646
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was filmed during April - June 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 »

Quotes

Barbara Mitchell: Who are you?
Alan Raimy: Silver Lining Accounting Service: "We satisfy or we eat it."
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 1 min 36 secs and heavily edit a scene where Harry watches a video showing a topless woman being tied to a chair and shot to death. The cuts were waived for the 2004 MGM DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in RoboCop 2 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Stratusphunk
Written by George Russell
Published by Russ-Hix Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Soul Note Records
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Overlooked Gem!
24 January 2000 | by shuzSee all my reviews

52-Pick Up never got the respect it should have. It works on many levels, and has a complicated but followable plot. The actors involved give some of their finest performances. Ann-Margret, Roy Scheider, and John Glover are perfectly cast and provide deep character portrayals. Notable too are Vanity, who should have parlayed this into a serious acting career given the unexpected ability she shows, and Kelly Preston, who's character will haunt you for a few days. Anyone who likes action combined with a gritty complicated story will enjoy this.


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