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Director: Lee Frost
David F. Friedman
Label: Something Weird Video
SWV had been searching for this legendary "lost" roughie for years and finally unearthed it in Copenhagen of all places! Slickly directed by The Animal’s R. LEE FROST, The Pick-Up’s notoriety comes from an extremely nasty nipple electrocution scene as well as the casting of (real-life friends and adult-film competitors) DAVID F.FRIEDMAN and BOB CRESSE as mob gangsters.
Tony and Franky (producer WES BISHOP and STEFAN ZEMA) are bag men hired by slimy Sal (Cresse) in L.A. to pick up about a million bucks (skimmed from Vegas casinos) from Charlie Rosa (Friedman) in Las Vegas. En route back to Sal, the boys stop to help Dana and Marcia (TRACY SAUNDERS and LYNN HARRIS), two damsels in distress with car trouble. As expected, the men can’t resist the gals’ seductive charms and they end up detouring to a roadside motel where the girls literally screw the guys over and — surprise! — scram with the toot.
Naturally, all hell breaks loose: "It smells, Charlie." Both Sal and Charlie send men out to find Tony and Franky while Tony and Franky track down the little strumpets in L. A. where they proceed to torture them into confessing where they hid the loot. Sadists take note: after beating both of them senseless with belts, Tony tapes an electrical cord to Dana’s tits, pours water over her, and plugs the cord into the wall socket. Dzzzzzzzzzzzittt!!!
The girls talk, the money is returned to Sal but... well, let’s just say there are a couple of jokers in the pack, all of which leads to a violent confrontation between the heads of EVI and Olympic International...
Both Friedman and Cresse look like they’re having a gas playing goodfellas. Dave gets chased, shot at, and even scorches up the screen in a typical late-sixties sex scene with a gal he’s Interviewing" for a job. He’s also natural and low-key on camera, in direct contrast to Cresse, who chews the scenery in another classic hambone performance of the kind you’d expect from the man who played the diminutive Nazi in Love Camp 7. Also on hand is sexploitation vet JOHN ALDERMAN in a groovy white suit complete with love beads and beard.
As might be expected from such a personal project Friedman was trying to find a print of The Pick-Up for the past ten years and was constantly asking SWV head honcho Mike Vraney if he’d found it yet. Nothing gave Mike more pleasure than to close out the last century by personally escorting Dave into a dingy old film vault in Denmark and presenting him with the print used for this video. As Mike said, It was like finding the Holy Grail!"
From a cash-crazed 35mm print in English with wacky Danish subtitles.
— Handsome Harry Archer