52 Pick-Up

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • R
  • Crime, Thriller

Scheider is an independent, tough Korean War veteran who, by his middle years, has attained prosperity through his own metallurgy company and has recently landed a contract with NASA.Hhe owns a fancy house and a Jaguar XKE. He has a beautiful and politically ambitious wife, Ann-Margret. And he is having an illicit affair. His world is shattered, however,...read more

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Scheider is an independent, tough Korean War veteran who, by his middle years, has attained prosperity through his own metallurgy company and has recently landed a contract with NASA.Hhe owns a fancy house and a Jaguar XKE. He has a beautiful and politically ambitious wife, Ann-Margret.

And he is having an illicit affair. His world is shattered, however, when three blackmailers (Glover, Williams III, and Trebor) show him a videotape of his last tryst with his mistress and demand money if he doesn't want the tape to go public. A stubborn man, Scheider defies the blackmailers by

telling his wife about the affair and refusing to pay. But the blackmailers then up the stakes. One of the most downright sleazy major films in recent memory, 52 PICK-UP works mainly because of its vivid villains, who are more intriguing than the hero. Glover is superb as the totally amoral

blackmailer who uses his superior intelligence to keep his dimmer comrades in check. Less successful are the Scheider and Ann-Margret characters--pretty unsympathetic as written and played. Director Frankenheimer, however, vividly captures the milieu of the Los Angeles porno underworld in all its

vulgar glory.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Scheider is an independent, tough Korean War veteran who, by his middle years, has attained prosperity through his own metallurgy company and has recently landed a contract with NASA.Hhe owns a fancy house and a Jaguar XKE. He has a beautiful and political… (more)

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