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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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Cini is not just a Nude Model in Detroit 'Porno' Houses! 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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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the American Film Institute: "John Frankenheimer told his agent he wanted to option [Elmore Leonard's] novel after reading it. When he learned that Cannon owned the rights, he approached them and asked if he could direct the picture." See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film as Harry enters Cini's apartment we hear a gun being cocked and then see a .45 pistol being pointed at Harry's head. You can clearly see the hammer is not in the cocked position. See more »

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Alan Raimy: [narrating] And as the sun sets slowly in the west, we say goodbye to beautiful Palm Springs, oasis of intrigue and extracurricular games of Hide the Salami, and we return to real life.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

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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Hard boiled thriller. Brutal and rivetting.
9 September 2001 | by InfofreakSee 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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