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Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 12-JUN-2007
Media Type: DVD
- Disc 1 Side A: Widescreen Feature Film
- Disc 1 Side B: Full Screen Feature Film
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
For its time this movie was considered by some to be overly violent. Siskel & Ebert both mention this in their reviews, with Siskel not recommending it because of the violence (but said he would have recommended it otherwise) and Ebert recommending it despite the violence. While it does have some violent scenes, by today's standards they don't stand out as they did 30 years ago. I thought this was an excellent modern day noirish thriller! HIGHLY recommended for fans of this genre!!
This is a pretty good film, but I believe sold short by those that had a vested interest in promoting to it best - a film for those who like a good thriller with a twist, as well those who want to see Elmore Leonard's book mirrored reasonably closely into the moving image.
"52 Pick-Up" was largely overlooked by audiences back in the 80's and MGM did the film no favors by not doing a very good job of advertising the film. Frankenheimer's direction is top notch and he wrings every bit of Leonard's style out of the screenplay.
The cast does a terrific job as well although Ann Margaret is largely wasted as Barbara Mitchell the wife of our hero.
The blu-ray from Kino is, at best, a mediocre transfer. The film has some speckles throughout although the transfer is clean and without any noticeable damage. It's a bit disappointing and not a large step up from the DVD (hence the 3 vs. 4 star rating for the film). The original mono soundtrack sounds fine with dialog clear and subtitles in English available. The film could have benefited from a new 5.1 mix of the sound track although I'm not sure if this is due to lack of effort (my guess) or the fact that the original multi-tracks are missing.
We get the theatrical trailer but nothing notable in the way of special features.It wouldn't have hurt Kino put a bit of extra effort into this release. Heck, when Shout Factory licenses these films they take the transfers that are given to them but do make up for that lack of effort by putting some nice special features on their blu-rays.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy the two lead stars and the third is a classmate of mine....Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It is a favorite. A little dated, but quality rules over it being dated. I recommend. And there is Ann Margaret. Worth the price of admission.Published 1 month ago by Voicewpb
The plot to this oldie is excellent! It's worth your time to watch because the acting is also exellent!Published 1 month ago by Gentle2
Two stars only because I like to look at Ann Margaret. Not much else to this movie.Published 1 month ago by John B. Whisnant
Enjoyable adaptation of Elmore Leonard's book. I'd like to read the book before making more comments.Published 2 months ago by Barry Bilewitz