52 Pick-Up (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

52 Pick-Up (1986)




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Wealthy metallurgist Harry Mitchell (Roy Scheider) lives to regret his extramarital affair with pretty young Cini (Kelly Preston). A trio of vicious blackmailers (John Glover, Robert Trebor, Clarence Williams III) show Mitchell a videotape of his most recent roll in the sack with Cini. They demand a huge amount of hush money, but Mitchell calls their bluff, going so far as to tell his politicially ambitious wife Barbara (Ann-Margret) about the affair. But the extortionists haven't even gotten started yet. Tying Mitchell to a chair, they force him to watch a tape of Cini being horribly murdered-with the evidence arranged so that Mitchell will be accused of the crime. But Mitchell remains firm in his refusal to pay up, whereupon he mounts a "fight fire with fire" plan all his own. 52 Pick Up was based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, which was previously filmed in 1984 as The Ambassador.


Roy Scheider
as Harry Mitchell
as Barbara Mitchell
as Doreen
John Glover
as Alan Raimy
Robert Trebor
as Leo Franks
Lonny Chapman
as Jim O'Boyle
Doug McClure
as Averson
Alex Henteloff
as Dan Lowenthal
Tom Byron
as Party Goer
Amber Lynn
as Party Goer
Sharon Mitchell
as Party Goer
Shirley Thompson
as Party Goer
Christopher Cory
as Factory Worker
Robin Bronfman
as Injured Driver
Debra Berger
as O'Boyle's Wife
Blackie Dammett
as Drug Dealer
John Francis
as Policeman
Conroy Gedeon
as James Boyer
Bill Gratton
as Ed Salvon
Lenora Logan
as Lady in Hall
Arlin Miller
as Celebrity Voice Impersonation
Ron Jeremy
as Party Goer
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Critic Reviews for 52 Pick-Up

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

A movie is only as good as its villain. John Frankenheimer's 52 Pick-Up provides us with the best, most reprehensible villain of the year and uses his vile charm as the starting point for a surprisingly good film.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

John Frankenheimer has directed "52 Pick-Up" in a style so devoid of nuance, the movie almost watches itself.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

This is one of the few films taken from an Elmore Leonard novel that should please the author's readers.

February 8, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

...may very well suffer from mismatched sensibilities.

August 24, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

...a thriller that's woefully lacking in thrills...

November 7, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Enjoyably degenerate

February 6, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 52 Pick-Up

A good thriller, it's exciting, dramatic, and even scary at times. I actually started to feel sympathy for the blackmailers towards the end of it. The actors are really terrific, all of them. The story is both realistic and incredible at the same time. It's really energizing in the end. And it's got just enough violence and action. I enjoyed this movie, and if you like a good thriller, you should check it out.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Musical score is the worst part, everything else is tense and great, including a series of propulsive crane shots and steadicam work that rolls behind and in front of characters. Scheider does an impressive job as equal parts tough guy and desperate man. Clarence Williams III and John Glover are truly terrifying, uniquely crafted monsters. For all Frankenheimer's skill in editing and new tricks with the camera, seeking out this movie is worth it simply because villains as disturbingly believable as Alan Raimy and Bobby Shy are rare; to have two of them fill the same movie is a dark miracle.

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer


very under rated but thoroughly enjoyable crime/action film.....interesting story, capable acting by ann maraget and Scheider, and a terrific supporting cast...notably John Glover, who provides us with a uniquely interesting villian. Nothing new here, but with these strong performances it is a very entertaining watch...

alan jay
alan jay

Super Reviewer

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