52 Pick-Up (1986)

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A steel magnate gets blackmailed by Philly Boy Roy.

I’ve reviewed this before but I’m reviewing it again because it’s so great. “52 Pick-Up” is a pillar of sleaze, a paragon of crime, and chock full of banana hammock style.

Based on an Elmore Leonard novel and starring Roy “We Probably Need A Boat that’s Bigger” Scheider, Ann “Baked Beans” Margret and with incredible performances from John “My Philly Accent Will Destroy You” Glover and especially Robert “Xena: Warrior Princess” Trebor, the trash signature of the GOLAN/GLOBUS title card shouldn’t scare you away.

This is top-shelf film-making, the crime film that Tarantino wishes he could make.

Gary Chang’s synth score is a dread masterwork, and the action travels from the L.A. porno underworld to classy political events to NASA desert explosions. It’s a very dark tale of vengeance and survival that also has Vanity coddling a giant white teddy bear!

Check it out if you are into sex parties, unnecessary eye patches, or blowing it all up.

Ajax Green

Ajax Green

Ajax Green lives in Oakland, California, and watches a lot of movies.

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