52 Pick-Up

Synopsis: Harry Mitchell, an L.A. manufacturer with a fancy car, a nice house, and a wife running for city council, has his life overturned when three masked blackmailers appear with a video tape of Harry and his young mistress. He's been set up, and they want $105,000. To protect his wife's political ambitions, Harry won't go to the police; instead, he shines them on and then doesn't pay. They up their demands, so he goes on the offensive, tracking them down and trying to turn one against the other. Their sociopathic leader, Alan, responds with violence toward the mistress and menace toward Harry's wife. Will Harry let up and pay off Alan or can he find some other solution?
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director(s): John Frankenheimer
Production: Cannon Group
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
6.4
Rotten Tomatoes:
43%
R
Year:
1986
110 min
23 Views

(ENGINE ROARING)

(JAZZ MUSIC PLA YING ON RADIO)

(BELL RINGING)

(TRAIN HORN BLARING)

- Hey, boss. You want in the baseball pool?

- Let's try this one.

- What inning? Valenzuela.

- The third.

Great. Good luck with it.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

- Hello.

- Hello.

Well? Will you do it?

It's quite a surprise.

Good morning.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

- You have a 10:
00 with Sol Rosenthal.

- Thank you.

SECRETARY:
Coffee's on its way

and, please, call your wife.

Hi, Barb. How's it going?

Well, tell me when you see me.

No, I'll probably be late again.

Preparing a demonstration for tomorrow.

If you need me for anything

and the nightline is busy,

I'll be back in the shop.

So just leave a message,

and I'll get back to you. Okay?

I love you, too. Bye.

- Oh, hello there.

- Good morning.

Cini!

Cini!

Sit.

- Where's Cini?

- ALAN:
No talking during the show.

You've seen some of this before, Mitch,

stuff your girlfriend shot,

Las Palmas Hotel, Palm Springs,

August 17 through 21st

while your wife thought you were

in a convention in Miami. You rascal.

Now here you are shooting a broad.

Nice little body.

Great tits, what do you think?

Hot shit hotel. Two bills a day.

It's a very jazzy outfit.

Oh, that's a jazzy outfit, too.

Still with the beer.

That's your background showing, man.

What? Eleven years at Douglas, right?

And a few more at Lockheed?

I want you to know what we know

so your mind will be clear. You dig?

What is this? Live nude models?

Oh, there's your girlfriend again.

She told you she was a model, right?

What, did you think it was for Vogue?

(LAUGHS)

There she is again.

In your very snappy car.

I must say, very snappy, indeed. Jag XKE?

You restored it yourself, didn't you?

Oh, I really like that car.

And as the sun sets slowly in the west,

we say goodbye to beautiful Palm Springs,

Oasis of Intrigue

and extracurricular games of

Hide the Salami, and we return to real life.

Here comes some of the new stuff.

You recognize this?

Ranco Steel.

Gross sales last year, almost 12 mil.

Huh? Oh, there goes one of your trucks,

probably taking a load to the bank.

Eighty some employees,

and you hold some patent

that fuses fucking metal together. Right?

They use it mostly

on those spaceships, huh?

You get a smooth 120 grand on that alone.

And there's your old lady.

Keeping herself in shape for you.

It's not bad, Mitch, huh?

Oh, you've got good taste in broads.

Chalet Lodge Motel. Oh, I like this one.

This one here. This expression, huh?

Mr. Casual.

It's not a bad place, 40 a night.

That's you going in to buy the room

while the broad stands outside. Christ.

You know, you start chasing that

young pussy, you got to stay in shape.

I bet she drains you dry.

Too bad we hadn't had time to

score the shit, but we're working on it.

Jesus, Mitch,

you don't mind my saying so,

but for a guy

who was a major in the Air Force,

decorated in Korea,

and now a successful businessman,

you got fucking rocks in your head

to let yourself get put on film like that.

I mean, as you can see,

it's just plain fucking dumb.

- Well, sport, here's the deal.

- The girl in on this?

Let's just say she did what she was told,

but back to the deal.

You pay us 105 grand, that's not even

what you make in one year on that patent,

you get to buy this video

for your very own.

Nice color footage

of a very expensive piece of ass.

105 grand, and it's done.

You think I just walk into a bank

and withdraw that kind of money?

It could take some time. Sure.

105 grand's a lot of money.

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Elmore Leonard

Elmore John Leonard Jr. (October 11, 1925 – August 20, 2013) was an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. His earliest novels, published in the 1950s, were Westerns, but he went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures. Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Swag, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, and Rum Punch (adapted as the movie Jackie Brown). Leonard's writings include short stories that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the FX television series Justified. more…

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