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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.


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Credited cast:
Reese Grande ... Lily Lee-Haywood
Elyse Price ... Jo Lee-Haywood
Usher Morgan ... Waving Shadow Man
Katie Vincent ... Scarlet Lee-Haywood
Lynne Jordan ... May Pickens
Catie Carlton ... Young Jo
Michelle Holland ... Doris Pickens
Julie Reifers ... Sexy Mary
Taso Mikroulis ... Marvin Lee-Haywood
Samantha Zaino ... Emma Lee-Haywood
Lily Brooks O'Briant ... Trailer Girl
Joel Bernard ... Boone Pickens
Tania Kop ... Young May
Michael Gentile ... Momo
Julia Melim ... Waitress


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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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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1.85 : 1
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The film was picked up for theatrical distribution by AMC Independent and released to limited theaters in March of 2018. 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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The closing credits include a blooper reel. See more »


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A Wonderful B Movie!
10 August 2018 | by elliotr-38088See all my reviews

"Pickings" is an interesting little revenge film about a single mom who runs a family bar in a fictional town (Port City), one day some mobsters come seeking to collect protection and things escalate quickly, the scene becomes violent and the gangsters end up dead. This sets up a turf war between a women who is on the run from a really violent past (and the filmmakers reveal the past nicely throughout the movie, in little pieces) and a local gangster who's out for blood. The plot isn't really that innovative or new and you can clearly see where the filmmaker gets his inspiration from (cough... Tarantino), but overall the movie does a really good job of keeping your eyes glued to the screen and I think it delivered. There are some really light moments and some really dark moments which is a staple of these types of B movies. The filmmakers also combined film noir and Spaghetti Westerns in an interesting way and the film does not lack in style, sometimes thou that style can get really distracting and it can take you out of the story, but for the most part it keeps you engaged.

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