52 Pick-Up (1986)

Movie Title: 52 Pick-Up

Year Released: 1986

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 50min

Genre: Crime, Thriller

Director: John Frankenheimer

Writer: Elmore Leonard and John Steppling

Starring: Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, John Glover, Robert Trebor, Lonny Chapman, Kelly Preston, Doug McClure, Clarence Williams III

Review: A secret fling between a successful businessman (Roy Scheider) and his mistress (Kelly Preston) leads to blackmail and murder. John Frankenheimer's adaption of the acclaimed Elmore Leonard novel is a thriller rich with characters each more corrupt, depraved, and ugly than the last. Roy Scheider and Ann-Margret are great as the protagonists, but the real stars of this one are Clarence Williams III and John Glover. These two are menacing in such a way that you believe everything they do and say, without question. They take bad guys to a whole new level. Such a dark, gritty, slimy thriller that you'll want to shower after it's over...and that's a compliment.

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: The film was initially planned to be shot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but due to budgetary concerns was relocated to Los Angeles.


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