52 Pick-Up Explained

52 Pick-Up
Director:John Frankenheimer
Producer:Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan
Starring:Roy Scheider
John Glover
Kelly Preston
Music:Gary Chang
Cinematography:Jost Vacano and Stephen Ramsey
Editing:Robert F. Shugrue
Distributor:Cannon Group
Released:November 7, 1986
Runtime:110 min.
Internet Movie Database entry 0090567

Released in 1986, 52 Pick-Up is an action/thriller that details blackmail and murder in the wake of an affair. The movie stars Roy Scheider and Ann-Margret, was directed by John Frankenheimer, and is based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name. The film's tagline is "His Wife... His Mistress... His Career... A Deadly Trap".[1] It was characterized in the year of its release by New York Times movie critic Janet Maslin as being "...fast-paced, lurid, exploitative and loaded with malevolent energy. John Frankenheimer, who directed, hasn't done anything this darkly entertaining since 'Black Sunday.'"[2]


Roy Scheider plays industrialist Harry Mitchell, a wealthy, married man living in the suburbs of Los Angeles whose wife is running for city council while he is having an affair. Harry is confronted by three blackmailers demanding $105,000 for a videotape of him and his mistress (Kelly Preston). Because of his wife's (Ann-Margaret) political aspirations, he can't go to the police. In agreeing to pay the blackmailers money to keep his affair a secret, Harry opens his financial records to one of the blackmailers, Alan Raimy (John Glover). Seeing that Mitchell cannot pay the $105,000, Raimy accepts Harry's offer of $52,000. Harry then attempts to turn the blackmailers against one another.[1]

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Notes and References

  1. Internet Movie Database Inc. (1990-2007). 52 Pick-Up. Retrieved on March 25, 2007.
  2. New York Times Company (November 7, 1986). Screen: '52 PICK-UP,' A No-Frills Thriller by Janet Maslin. Retrieved on March 25, 2007.