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Shamus -- A private eye visits the estate of a wealthy merchant who hires him to find some stolen diamonds.

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Writer:
Barry Beckerman (written by)
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Release Date:
5 February 1973 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
SHAMUS a pool-shooting, card-playing, broad-chasing, private eye...cross him, and he'll blow your head off! See more »
Plot:
New York private eye Shamus McCoy likes girls, drink and gambling, but by the look of his flat business can't be too hot... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Neat piece of moviemaking, worth preserving See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Burt Reynolds ... Shamus McCoy

Dyan Cannon ... Alexis Montaigne

John P. Ryan ... Hardcore

Joe Santos ... Lieutenant Promuto
Giorgio Tozzi ... Dottore
Ron Weyand ... E.J. Hume
Larry Block ... Springy
Beeson Carroll ... Bolton

Kevin Conway ... The Kid
Kay Frye ... Bookstore Girl

John Glover ... Johnnie
Merwin Goldsmith ... Schnook
Melody Santangello ... Alice
Irving Selbst ... Heavy
Alex Wilson ... Felix Montaigne
John Amato Jr. ... Willie
Lou Martell ... Rock
Marshall Anker ... Dealer
Bert Bertram ... Doorman
Jimmy Kelly ... Grifter
Alisha Fontaine ... Hatcheck Girl

Mickey Freeman ... Pimp
Captain Haggerty ... Handler (as Arthur Haggerty)
Tommy Lane ... Tait
Ric Mancini ... Angie
Norman Marshall ... Marvin
Glenn R. Wilder ... Thug #1

Charlie Picerni ... Thug #2
Tony Amato Sr. ... Thug #3

Frank Sivero ... Bookie

Alex Stevens ... Knifer
Steve Vignari ... Hardnose
Mark Weston ... Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fat Thomas ... Big Jake (as Fat Thomas Rand)
Morris the Cat ... Cat (uncredited)

Robert Dominick Jones ... Junkie in Hallway (uncredited)

James Mapes ... Cop (uncredited)
Burt Richards ... Bar Tender (uncredited)
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Directed by
Buzz Kulik 
 
Writing credits
Barry Beckerman (written by)

Produced by
Jim Di Gangi .... associate producer (as Jim DiGangi)
Robert Weitman .... producer (as Robert M. Weitman)
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Walter Thompson 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Rosenberg 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward Stewart 
 
Costume Design by
Frank L. Thompson  (as Frank Thompson)
 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist (as Coleen Callaghan)
Vincent Callaghan .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Zachary .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recordist
 
Stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator (as Glenn Wilder)
James M. Halty .... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt double: Burt Reynolds (uncredited)
Alex Stevens .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Ed Quinn .... grip
 
Casting Department
Vic Ramos .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
William Laubender .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Harve Brosten .... assistant to director
Harve Brosten .... assistant to producer
Maury Nemoy .... title designer
Frances Wolf Newman .... production office coordinator
Barbara Robinson .... script supervisor
Howard Newman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
106 min | Norway:100 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1990) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1973) | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:18 | USA:PG (certificate #23378)

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Trivia:
Publicity for this picture declared that star Burt Reynolds performed all of his own stunts on the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:She doesn't need protection, she's flat chested.See more »
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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Neat piece of moviemaking, worth preserving, 30 June 2003
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

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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