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52 Pick up...Scheider/Frankenheimer classic...
on 19 October 2011
This low brow favourite from Elmore Leonard's pen is I must confess a novel I've not read-I found Leonard's writing impenetrable--but to the movie.
A Cannon opening starts it(that is enough to send shivers up the spine of any movie fan!!).
It is quickly established that the lead character Harry Mitchell is having an affair with a younger woman, concisely that he is a self made man, and that he is been blackmailed and decides to take action against his tormentors.
Lit by Jost Vacano and having a lurid and sordid set-up, and environment of Los Angeles.
Roy Schieder was always an underrated actor and made this as his fame was fading in the eighties-he gives a terrific performance as a man desperately salvaging his marriage and attempting to turn tables on his blackmailers.
Ann Margaret as his betrayed wife-holds her own.
The movie really belongs to John Glover-as a sleazy pornographer/murderer-(the second time he and Schieder worked together as well, with The Last Embrace, being the 1st).
Clarence Williams 111 is superb as Bobby Shy-a truly vile human being.
Frankenheimer brings all theses diverse elements together to make a realistic (within the realms of movies), sleazy revenge thriller-Schieder is superb as a man out of his element, whom is willing to fight back-on his terms.
Frankenheimer restores faith in his abilities after the abberation of "The Holcroft Covenant", he was a truly talented director, whom went adrift in the 1970's. This at least restored him partially.
Pick it up cheap-and be surprised