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


John Frankenheimer


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


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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His Wife... His Mistress... His Career... A Deadly Trap See more »


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The Mitchell's residence is located in Hancock Park in Los Angeles. See more »


When Mitch is taken to a secret location to meet with the extortionists, he sits in a wooden chair against a "wall". He sees his mistress shot five times. After the bad guys leave, he jumps up when he realizes he is in the chair she was murdered in. But, when he first walks in, there is no blood on the chair or wall behind him. See more »


Bobby Shy: Get rid of the bitches.
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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 »


Written by George Russell
Published by Russ-Hix Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Soul Note Records
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Vanity/Ann Margret/John Glover fans: SEE THIS MOVIE!
12 December 2002 | by anthonyfeatherSee all my reviews

Roy Scheider is a cheating husband who complicates life for his political hopeful wife, Ann Margret. She gives a many faceted performance, and you'll cheer when she gets in touch with her feelings about cheating husbands. John Glover plays a villain, and he will leave a bad taste in your mouth. He does an excellent job being the bad guy, you'll never forget him in this role. Roy Scheider is cast into a world of sleazy women, cliche' stereotype gay men and conscience free killers. Clarence Williams III (he played Prince's father in Purple Rain) is ironicly cast as Vanity's boyfriend in this movie. (Vanity was originally cast for the female lead in Purple Rain, but left Prince during production. 'The Beautiful ones always smash the picture'.) Clarence has an interesting scene with Vanity and a teddy bear. This is Vanity's best work as an actress, she was the perfect casting choice in this role. She plays a nudie model in a sleazy pay by the hour polaroid porn house. She debuts talent here, as well as her first breast enhancement surgury. She's at her finest for those who love her for her sexy image, but she has some fine acting moments. She does not turn in any musical performances, for those of you who care. It doesn't take much to shock me, but Kelly Preston's (now Mrs. John Travolta) moments onscreen were hardcore... Let's just say graphic is the best way to describe it. That's all I'm saying about that... You'll see recognizable porn actors & actresses in their element, and you'll feel for Ann Margret's character. See this movie.

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Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

52 Pick-Up See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,654,835, 9 November 1986

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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