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Pick-Up, The 
Written by: on April 24th, 2011


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1968
Director: Lee Frost
Writer: Bob Cresse, Wes Bishop
Cast: Wes Bishop, Stefan Zema, Lois Ursone, Lynn Harris, David F. Friedman, Bob Cresse, James E. McLarty, John Alderman, Warren James, John Riazzi, Don Baker, Antoinette Maynard, Joel Sussman, Maria Lease, Miki McDonald, Jim Sullivan

DVD released: 2010
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Something Weird Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $10.00


Synopsis: Two mobsters are transporting a million bucks from Las Vegas to L.A., when they happen upon two damsels in distress stranded in the desert. They head to a hotel where they pair off for some carnal recreation, but the girls get the drop on the mugs and scram off with the loot. Can they retrieve the moola before they get bumped off?
 
This is a low-budget noirish B&W crime thriller with frequent stops along the way for some big bust sex scenes. Some of the nudity advances the plot and some is merely gratuitous, but all the ladies are attractive and these segments are both energetic and brief. Some dark humor is worked into these scenes as well, keeping the entertainment factor high.

The feature drifts firmly into ‘roughie’ territory once our boys attempt to  torture the girls into revealing the location of the loot. The girls are quite stubborn on this point. Also notable is the cast which includes several exploitation producers including Wes Bishop, Bob Cresse, and David F. Friedman. In addition to the good performances, Lee Frost delivers another quality directorial effort which stands in good company with The Defilers and The Animal.

The DVD:

TThis DVD-R comes from a Danish print with burned in Danish subtitles, and has a SWV bug on the screen as well (mostly unobtrusive). There’s not an excessive amount of dialog, especially during the sex and action scenes, so it’s just a reminder as to how rare this film is. Some of the night scenes are very dark, but mostly the print looks quite good. Sound quality is clear and dialog easy to understand. 

This is a classic B&W exploitation feature that was ‘lost’ for many years. The trailer does present snips from most every action and sex scene including several shots of bush, but unlike other exploitive fare you must see the complete film to appreciate the gritty and professional storytelling.

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