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Shamus (1973)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  5 February 1973 (Sweden)
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New York private eye Shamus McCoy likes girls, drink and gambling, but by the look of his flat business can't be too hot. So an offer of $10,000 to finds some diamonds stolen in a daring ... See full summary »

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Alexis Montaigne
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Hardcore
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Lieutenant Promuto
Giorgio Tozzi ...
Dottore
Ron Weyand ...
E.J. Hume
Larry Block ...
Springy
Beeson Carroll ...
Bolton
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The Kid
Kay Frye ...
Bookstore Girl
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Johnnie
Merwin Goldsmith ...
Schnook
Melody Santangello ...
Alice
Irving Selbst ...
Heavy
Alex Wilson ...
Felix Montaigne
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New York private eye Shamus McCoy likes girls, drink and gambling, but by the look of his flat business can't be too hot. So an offer of $10,000 to finds some diamonds stolen in a daring raid with a flame-thrower is too good to miss. His investigations soon get pretty complicated and rather too dangerous. At least along the way he does get to meet Alexis. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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SHAMUS a pool-shooting, card-playing, broad-chasing, private eye...cross him, and he'll blow your head off! See more »


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Passion for Danger  »

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Trivia

Before she said yes to doing the movie and playing Alexis, actress Dyan Cannon flew to Chicago to see her potential leading man Burt Reynolds performing in a play and to meet him. The very next day when she flew back to Hollywood she signed onto the picture. See more »

Goofs

When McCoy enters the shipping room at the warehouse, the border pattern on the front of the glass panel does not match that seen through from the rear. The two verticals over the PP in SHIPPING should be visible through the frosted glass, but there is a horizontal join instead. See more »

Quotes

Shamus McCoy: You think you can buy me?
E.J. Hume: I'll give you ten thousand to come up with the diamonds or the killers.
Shamus McCoy: You just bought me.
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Neat piece of moviemaking, worth preserving
30 June 2003 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

The story of Shamus seems to be loosely based on Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep. Burt Reynolds is in the Humphrey Bogart role, and he acquits himself well playing the Philip Marlowe of the chewing gum generation. He doesn't take himself too seriously, is less sarcastic than the forties version and there are quite a few good laughs to be had.

Shamus is remarkable for reflecting the period it was shot in. The directing and the cinematography are very good. I also liked the musical score. There are quite a few nicely stylized action scenes on real locations in dock areas. Dyan Cannon gives her usual solid performance and wears clothes today's fashion designers will be very interested in. Her character's apartment in a high rise on East River must be the "dernier cri" of 1973‘s interior decorating: prints of Vasarely and Miro, steel frame chairs with white leather cushions, lamps with huge chrome bowls etc. etc.

This movie, a bright child of its time, is well worth preserving.


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