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Pickings (2018)

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When a short-tempered mobster and his gang of thugs try to shake down a neighborhood bar, they're soon confronted with the wrath of its owner - a mysterious southern mother with a dangerous past.


Usher Morgan


Usher Morgan
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Credited cast:
Elyse Price ... Jo Lee-Haywood
Katie Vincent ... Scarlet Lee-Haywood
Michelle Holland ... Doris Pickens
Reese Grande ... Lily Lee-Haywood
Usher Morgan ... Waving Shadow Man
Lynne Jordan ... May Pickens
Lily Brooks O'Briant ... Trailer Girl
Taso Mikroulis ... Marvin Lee-Haywood
Michael Gentile ... Momo
Joel Bernard ... Boone Pickens
Samantha Zaino ... Emma Lee-Haywood
Julie Reifers ... Sexy Mary
Catie Carlton ... Young Jo
Raul Fernandes ... Gangster #1
Yaron Urbas ... Sam 'Hollywood' Barone


When a short-tempered mobster and his gang of thugs try to shake down a neighborhood bar, they're soon confronted with the wrath of its owner - a mysterious southern mother with a dangerous past.

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southern | bar | mobster | pulp | gangster | See All (9) »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language throughout, and for some drug use






Release Date:

3 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пикингс See more »


Box Office


$350,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This was the second collaboration between actress Katie Vincent and Usher Morgan, who previously worked together on "Prego". See more »


Jo Lee-Haywood: You see that? This is who you really are. Trying to convince me otherwise is very un-demon-like
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An impressive neo-noir indie film
6 March 2018 | by geton-91177See all my reviews

This movie looks and feels like a big budget Hollywood movie. The visuals, cinematography, effects, and sound mix are impressive as hell! The story-line and plot do "feel" indie, and you can tell that the movie was made by a first time director / screenwriter. But the editing makes the whole thing flow smoothly, the movie goes by very quickly and doesn't overstay its welcome.

Some plot elements are a bit weak and some of the characters are cheesy, the one element in this film that screams "low budget" is its expositional animated sequence, I don't want to give anything away - but it was my least favorite part of this film, I think the movie would have been better had they found another medium to tell that part of the story. However, for a $350,000 price-tag - I'm amazed that they had the ability to produce 5% of what went on screen. This movie has gunfire, action, comedy, special effects and beautiful visuals that make it look like it came right out of the mind of Quentin Tarantino, especially their use of music.

It's violent, but humorous, dark, but FUN! and overall - as a single piece, Pickings works! And it works well. It's not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it! Looking forward to seeing what Usher Morgan, Elyse Price and their rest of their team does next.

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