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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:
Burt saves the day, but not the movie "Shamus". 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)

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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Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie's MacGuffin was a parcel of stolen diamond jewels.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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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Burt saves the day, but not the movie "Shamus"., 28 January 2006
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

(There may be Spoilers) If it wasn't for Burt Reynolds being in the film "Shamus" I doubt that it would have ever been made. At the hight of his popularity back in 1973 Burt Reynolds could do nothing wrong when it came to getting millions of movie goers to see any film that he was in and "Shamus" is a perfect example of his enormous drawing power back in those days.

You would have thought that the makers of "Shamus" would have given the movie a believable plot but right from the start it's totally unsound with a blowtorch, or flame-thrower, murder of Vincent Pappas and his girlfriend as their both in bed. The killers after setting the entire house on fire jump through the sky-window, in fire-proof suits, and rob the safe of millions of cut and uncut diamonds. They could have easily knocked off Pappas with a silencer gun or even knocked him out cold without drawing any attention to themselves by almost burning the entire house down!

The owner of the stolen diamonds a billionaire named E.J Hume who could have gotten the best detective agencies in the city, or the world, gets in touch with this down and out PI Shamus McCoy Hume's 53 choice! The other 52 private eyes he contacted turned down the job?. Shamus who's either too cheap or so weird that he doesn't even have a bed, in what looks like his Brooklyn loft, to sleep in. Shamus has a mattress attached to his pool table that he, and the many girlfriends and one-night stands that he has in the movie, sleeps on; a pool table on which we never see him pay any pool?

Getting $5,000.00 up front, and $5,000.00 after he finds E.J Hume's diamonds,Shamus goes on his way to find out just what happened to Pappas' stolen diamonds and who was responsible for his, and his girlfriend's's, murder. By this point the movie things really starts to spin out of control with now the US military being involved in some kind of illegal arms dealings by corrupt US Army Col. Hardcore that also involves the secretive E.J Hume.

You begin to wonder just what does Col. Hardcore have to do with E.J Hume's stolen diamonds and the Pappas' murders? As soon as were introduced to Col. Hardcore by Shamus' top squeeze in the movie Alexis Montaigne, who's brother Felix is also involved with E.J Hume in a company that he's a silent partner in, he's killed in broad daylight by E.J Hume's mobsters and both Shamus and Alexis are on the run for their lives.

Were never given to understand just what the connection is between E.J Hume's diamonds and the corrupt Col. Hardcore illegal arms dealings are and where in God's name are the tons and tons of military hardware going to? The Mafia the underground militias or to foreign or domestic terrorist organizations?

Burt Reynolds' Shamus is anything but a decent guy in the movie with him almost strangling, with a sadistically gleeful grin on his face, two helpless persons to death in order to get information from them. This brutal as well as uncalled for action could have easily landed him behind bars in any country on earth for committing crimes against humanity.

Later in the movie Felix is kidnapped by E.J Hume's hoods and almost beaten to death and all you can do is just wonder why? Felix was working with Hume and his mob and at no time in the movie was Felix ever suspected to be turning, or ratting, on Hume? So why is he treated this way? Shamus breaks into Hume's mansion and instead of saving the badly beaten Felix from Hume's thugs and attack dogs gets him shot and killed instead! No wonder Alexis walked out on him at the end of the movie.

The final few minutes of the film is a jumble of shootings dog and fist fights as well as Burt Reynolds' Shamus almost breaking his neck as he, or what was obviously his double, missed grabbing on to a tree branch and landing smack dab on his head on the hard ground below.

The film wasn't a total loss, for me at least, since it had in it the world famous Nine Lives feline star Morris the Cat, who's name for some reason in the movie was just "Cat", as Burt Reynold's co-star and Shamus' room-mate. Morris was by far the most believable handsome and likable character, as well as the best actor, in the movie.

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