52 Pick-Up Reviews

  • Aug 10, 2017

    Cool little noirish thriller. Clarence Williams and John Glover are great in it. I find it hard to feel for Scheider though, with his chosen infidelity. Still, his lashing back, and being proactive, rather than the typical rolling over response that's in these movies, was satisfying.

    Cool little noirish thriller. Clarence Williams and John Glover are great in it. I find it hard to feel for Scheider though, with his chosen infidelity. Still, his lashing back, and being proactive, rather than the typical rolling over response that's in these movies, was satisfying.

  • May 12, 2017

    Intensely underrated return to form by John Frankenheimer. Excellently shot, precisely acted, and intriguing. My only flaw is how genuinely downbeat and perfectly emotional the movie starts and later turns into a typical 80's thriller. If you show interest in watching it, I, as a critic, totally approve.

    Intensely underrated return to form by John Frankenheimer. Excellently shot, precisely acted, and intriguing. My only flaw is how genuinely downbeat and perfectly emotional the movie starts and later turns into a typical 80's thriller. If you show interest in watching it, I, as a critic, totally approve.

  • Jan 31, 2015

    This film was largely dismissed as sleaze when it first came out and was considered something of a step down in quality for director John Frankenheimer compared to some of his classics, like a lot of his films of this period. However, this is a film that I think has aged well and is worth another look. Yes, it is a sleazy Elmore Leonard story, scripted by the author himself, about Roy Scheider being blackmailed by the terrifically villainous John Glover and his marvelously scary henchmen Clarence Wiliams III. The film does wallow in sex, drugs and violence, but so did a lot of excellent crime films the, like "Scarface" or "Eight Million Ways to Die" which were also condemned upon their initial release but are now considered classics. Director Frankenheimer absolutely knows how to build suspense and craft well done action scenes that deliver. There's also a strong supporting cast with Ann-Margret,, Robert Trebor and Doug McClure, 80s regulars Vanity and Kelly Preston, and cameos by porn stars Tom Byron, Ron Jermy (billed as Ron Jeremy Hyatt), Hershel Savage (billed as Harvey Cowen), Randy West and Amber Lynn as various party goers. Gary Chang provided the score and Jost Vacano provided some lush 80s photography. Quite good if you/re in the mood for some well produced 80s sleaze.

    This film was largely dismissed as sleaze when it first came out and was considered something of a step down in quality for director John Frankenheimer compared to some of his classics, like a lot of his films of this period. However, this is a film that I think has aged well and is worth another look. Yes, it is a sleazy Elmore Leonard story, scripted by the author himself, about Roy Scheider being blackmailed by the terrifically villainous John Glover and his marvelously scary henchmen Clarence Wiliams III. The film does wallow in sex, drugs and violence, but so did a lot of excellent crime films the, like "Scarface" or "Eight Million Ways to Die" which were also condemned upon their initial release but are now considered classics. Director Frankenheimer absolutely knows how to build suspense and craft well done action scenes that deliver. There's also a strong supporting cast with Ann-Margret,, Robert Trebor and Doug McClure, 80s regulars Vanity and Kelly Preston, and cameos by porn stars Tom Byron, Ron Jermy (billed as Ron Jeremy Hyatt), Hershel Savage (billed as Harvey Cowen), Randy West and Amber Lynn as various party goers. Gary Chang provided the score and Jost Vacano provided some lush 80s photography. Quite good if you/re in the mood for some well produced 80s sleaze.

  • Aug 19, 2014

    Dark and gripping to the final scene. Some excellent acting in this by Scheider. Severely underrated but a tremendously original film.

    Dark and gripping to the final scene. Some excellent acting in this by Scheider. Severely underrated but a tremendously original film.

  • Dec 20, 2013

    Decent EL adaptation.

    Decent EL adaptation.

  • Jun 20, 2013

    Similarly offensive as "Fatal Attraction" but for different reasons. While Lynne vilifies the home wrecker, Frankenheimer turn the adulterer into the hero. In both cases the husband and wife dynamics are scary as they ultimately are unbelievable drawn together through the ordeal of infidelity. Frankenheimer's vulgar cinematography works surprising well to enhance the dramatic conflict and to give texture but the the protagonists are so ultimately false that it's hard to really care. Vanity plays the most interesting character and is criminally underused. Overall an interesting failure.

    Similarly offensive as "Fatal Attraction" but for different reasons. While Lynne vilifies the home wrecker, Frankenheimer turn the adulterer into the hero. In both cases the husband and wife dynamics are scary as they ultimately are unbelievable drawn together through the ordeal of infidelity. Frankenheimer's vulgar cinematography works surprising well to enhance the dramatic conflict and to give texture but the the protagonists are so ultimately false that it's hard to really care. Vanity plays the most interesting character and is criminally underused. Overall an interesting failure.

  • Dec 21, 2012

    With a top notch cast, skillfull direction and a wonderfully written story, 52 Pick Up was an underrated crime thriller from the 80's. Based on the Elmore Leonard book, this stars Roy Scheider as a Los Angeles business who's wife(Ann Margaret) is a lawyer with poltical ambitious, he is brought into a web of blackmail by three sleazy degenerates who made tapes of him and his mistress(a very young and sexy Kelly Preston) they demand money, Scheider refuses to pay and leads to tragic consequences for Preston, he gets set up for murder. What makes this film works is the performances of four actors in the film who standout; Ann Margaret proves that she is a talented actress and gives an understated performance of calm even when Scheider tells her about his affair, Clarence Williams III meanacing presence alone sends a chill down to the bone and Vanity(yes, Vanity) as a stripper who knows more than she should. But the powerhouse performer is John Glover who's performance alone as the murdering blackmailer is excellent, he's charming, sleazy and intense all at once. John Frankenheimer is excellent form in assembling this fine cast and keeps the tension on from the first frame to the last. Many have argued that the quality of Cannon Films was low grade, I beg to differ with this film.

    With a top notch cast, skillfull direction and a wonderfully written story, 52 Pick Up was an underrated crime thriller from the 80's. Based on the Elmore Leonard book, this stars Roy Scheider as a Los Angeles business who's wife(Ann Margaret) is a lawyer with poltical ambitious, he is brought into a web of blackmail by three sleazy degenerates who made tapes of him and his mistress(a very young and sexy Kelly Preston) they demand money, Scheider refuses to pay and leads to tragic consequences for Preston, he gets set up for murder. What makes this film works is the performances of four actors in the film who standout; Ann Margaret proves that she is a talented actress and gives an understated performance of calm even when Scheider tells her about his affair, Clarence Williams III meanacing presence alone sends a chill down to the bone and Vanity(yes, Vanity) as a stripper who knows more than she should. But the powerhouse performer is John Glover who's performance alone as the murdering blackmailer is excellent, he's charming, sleazy and intense all at once. John Frankenheimer is excellent form in assembling this fine cast and keeps the tension on from the first frame to the last. Many have argued that the quality of Cannon Films was low grade, I beg to differ with this film.

  • Oct 27, 2012

    A businessman attempts to turn the tables on three men out to extort money from him with video of his affair with a young stripper. This one gives you an extensive tour through the seedy parts of LA. Another solid outing from Scheider.

    A businessman attempts to turn the tables on three men out to extort money from him with video of his affair with a young stripper. This one gives you an extensive tour through the seedy parts of LA. Another solid outing from Scheider.

  • Sep 24, 2012

    Strong casting overcomes the weak plot. Enjoyable viewing.

    Strong casting overcomes the weak plot. Enjoyable viewing.

  • Jul 27, 2012

    This is kind of a good movie.

    This is kind of a good movie.