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52 Pick-Up (1986)

Roy Scheider , Ann-Margret , John Frankenheimer  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, John Glover, Robert Trebor
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Writers: Elmore Leonard, John Steppling
  • Producers: Henry T. Weinstein, Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "52 Pick-Up" on IMDb

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  • Disc 1 Side A: Widescreen Feature Film
  • Disc 1 Side B: Full Screen Feature Film

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Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 12-JUN-2007
Media Type: DVD

Adapting Elmore Leonard's novels for the big screen has often proved to be a hit-or-miss proposition (Get Shorty and Jackie Brown are notable exceptions), but director John Frankenheimer is mostly on the mark with 52 Pick-Up. Leonard also co-wrote the screenplay, which stars Roy Scheider as Harry Mitchell, a businessman whose life is turned upside down when he's videotaped in flagrante delicto with his very young mistress (Kelly Preston); he's then approached by three bad guys (John Glover as vile ringleader Alan, Clarence Williams III as menacing gunman Bobby, and Robert Trebor as sweaty, nebbishy Leo), who demand big bucks from Harry in return for the tape. That's the plan, anyway. But Harry fights back. He confesses all to his long-suffering wife (Ann-Margret, fine in an underwritten part) and refuses to go the cops in order to protect her burgeoning political career; he's also unwilling to hand over the money, choosing instead to take on the villains, whose own mistrust of one another makes Harry's mission easier. All the elements one might expect are on display (including kidnapping, murder, and blackmail), coated with a patina of sleaze that features ample nudity (the bad guys also happen to be pornographers), profanity, and fairly graphic violence. Still, for all its arch tone, pithy dialogue, and a plot twist here and there, 52 Pick-Up lacks the full measure of subtlety, tension, and excitement that would make it really good, instead of merely serviceable. The DVD includes no bonus material. --Sam Graham

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nasty little gem..."Hey SPORT" August 10, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this in the theaters when it first came out in the 80s, not expecting much, but then - BAM! - this nasty little gem of a thriller delivers thrills in spades. JOHN GLOVER creates one of the most chilling, yet hilarious, villains in film history - and the film's most infamous sequence - the videotape replay of Cindy's snuff-movie murder that Glover forces Scheider to watch in horror SITTING THE SAME CHAIR WHERE SHE WAS KILLED! - still never fails to disturb the viewer. Frankenheimer directs how the best do: so seamless and suble and unobtrusive, you never notice him tightening the screws right up until a white-knuckle climax. I cannot quite believe this film is still NOT ON DVD, even though the shelves are crammed with lesser product. C'mon, guys, get with it! Once you see 52 PICK-UP, you will never forget it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interested in a jag October 1, 2006
52 pick up is a tightly woven film noir that builds the suspense right from the outset. Harry and Barbara
Mitchell (Roy Scheider and Ann Margret) play an upscale professional couple in their mid fifties. Harry owns a steel manufacturing business while Barbara is an environmental oversight board chairman with political connections. As the film begins Harry is sandbagged by three individuals who entrap him with a video showing
him in an extramarital affair with a young woman named Cinny. (Kelly Preston) As the blackmail scenario
unfolds. Harry is ordered to pay a large sum of money by the ringleader of the trio. Alan Raimey (John Glover)
with sidekicks Leo Franks (Robert Trebor) and Bobby Shy. (Clarence Williams III) After informing his lawyer
Jim O'Boyle, (Lonny Chapman) Harry decides not to be intimidated and dismiss the trio as folly. As the story moves along Harry and Barbara develop a determination to deal with the trio. As in the tradition of original film noir Harry and Barbara are trapped in a Catch 22 scenario with the lowly trio. Frankenheimer builds up the intensity and gets excellent performances from the entire cast.
John Glover is superb as the homoerotic protagonist Alan Raimey as well as Robert Trebor and Clarence
Williams III as the other two components of the trio. Alan's psychosis becomes a fulcrum for destruction.
Meanwhile Bobby Shy's girlfriend Doreen (Vanity) cuts both sides of the fence with equal disdain for Harry and Bobby while concealing the triangle that has developed between Harry, Cinny, and herself. The scenes are fastmoving with crisp and candid dialogue. Frankenheimer holds nothing back with realism and taut direction. This film takes one on an emotional rollercoaster with no gimmicks from start to finish.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best Frankenheimer. November 29, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great thriller. The two leads Scheider and Glover, have never been better than here. I still rate the performances as their best ever. -This I'm sure, is partly because everything is right around them; the script, the directing, etc. It's just a very exciting movie. The rest of the actors involved are interesting too, but I found the wonderful Doug McClure sadly underused in this movie. -What a waste. Also look out for some famous faces from the adult film world; like Amber Lynn, Jamie Gillis, Tom Byron, and Frankenheimer-regular Ron Jeremy who got cut out of the disappointing "Ronin" recently. (Probably the reason it was so boring.) See this one instead.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Hollywood movies about porn, period! February 9, 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
This is my all-time favorite thriller and one of the best movies that deals with (as a subplot, at least) the subject of porn. I highly recommend it as a companion piece to Brian De Palma's BODY DOUBLE. The acting is impeccable, especially John Glover as one of the slimiest bad guys in film history, and John Frankenheimer's directing is flawless. It's sad to see that this film, which was a hit in 1986, was not appreciated by most critics at the time and is almost entirely forgotten by most folks today. Having appeared in porn myself once upon a time, this film is much closer to the truth than the disappointing and much-Hollywoodized BOOGIE NIGHTS. Two big thumbs up from this ex-porn actor!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leonard and Frankenheimer get down and dirty June 20, 2007
52 Pick-Up was one of the few rays of light in the dark days when every screen adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel would go horribly wrong and when John Frankenheimer's name on the credits wasn't exactly a guarantee of quality any more, although it sank quickly due to a botched marketing campaign (the producers decided to play up the good reviews by touting it as `The best film this season from Cannon,' which is a bit like boasting about having the least contagious form of VD). A riff on his earlier Western The Tall T, this sees businessman Roy Scheider set up by a trio of blackmailers who, not taking kindly to him confessing his affair to his wife rather than pay up, murder his girlfriend with his gun so as not to miss out on their payday, only for Scheider to turn them against each other. While it's no Out of Sight, it's an effectively seedy L.A. thriller with a couple of outstanding supporting turns by John Glover and a seriously mucked-up and dangerous Clarence Williams III.

No extras at all, but it does have a decent 1.85:1 widescreen transfer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of it's time July 15, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
At the time this movie came out, Roy Scheider already looked an old man - especially seeing him now, starts me wondering what's his age now, anyway. Still, his acting performance is almost a classic one and Ann Margret is cast excellently as his wife that he betrayes.
True, some scenes are a little out of date now. They show that movie making has grown since but that's not always an improvement if you ask me. The specific scene where they put Scheider under pressure with a little home movie still is impressively nasty. And even Vanity - what has become of her, by the way? - puts up a nice performance as a very believable key person in the story.
This movie is about making the wrong decision(s) after making the wrong moves with the wrong people, almost a classical Hollywood theme. But it does just that in an artistic and stylish way with excellent actors and I have to add that it's a very good and entertaining movie that kept me glued to the screen then. And still like to watch it, now. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This movie was over looked and under rated during its time. This movie you should check out.
Published 2 months ago by George X.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good parts, decent thriller...
The 1986 thriller "52 Pick-Up" had real potential, with a good Len Elmore novel as a starting point, a really good director in John Frankenheimer, and a solid cast that included... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D.S.Thurlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
geat condition & fast delivery
Published 4 months ago by Martha J. Vukonich
5.0 out of 5 stars John Glover who plays his villainous role with shear relish
When it comes to this 1980s production of Elmore Leonard's original novel I am very much on the same page with the late film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
We love this movie. We have seen it several times and enjoyed it each time. The quality of the video was perfect. The price was great, it arrived quickly. Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Objective Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars really cool revenge type movie
This is a suspense and revenge type movie , that is very good just stick with it and you will see ... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brian A.
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie was better than the book !!!
The endings was a total surprise and the villian got his just desserts. I enjoyed the movie with it's fine cast and one actor from Mod Squad who gave his finest performance in this... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lee Enfield
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!!!!
love this movie I look for it every where but found it only at Amazon. great movie and great actors and love the way it ended if you have never seen this movie I recommend it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by denise tyner
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Action
This is the kind of film I wish we had more of today the action movies today are not real at all when a cop or a action figure is depicted as invincible the character is less then... Read more
Published 17 months ago by The repair guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy & stylish
Nice movie with thrills & suspense. All I can say is that even though some people have paned this movie I liked it & it kept me interested all the way through.
Published 17 months ago by David W. Barsness
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