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Sharky's Machine (1981)

Tom Sharky is demoted to vice after a bust goes terribly wrong. He and his team stumble across a mob murder tied to prostitution and government.

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Victor Scorelli
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Papa
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Lt. Friscoe
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Donald Hotchkins
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Arch
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Billy Score
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Nosh
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Joe Tipps
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Highball Mary
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Barrett
James O'Connell ...
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Tom Sharky is a narcotics cop in Atlanta who's demoted to vice after a botched bust. In the depths of this lowly division, while investigating a high-dollar prostitution ring, Sharky stumbles across a mob murder with government ties, and responds by assembling his downtrodden fellow investigators (Sharky's "machine") to find the leaders and bring them to justice before they kill off all his partners and witnesses, including Sharky himself. Written by Unknown

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If you mess with a cop like Sharky, you better be very tough . . . or very beautiful. See more »


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Most successful movie at the international box-office from a film directed by Burt Reynolds. See more »

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The license plates on Murray's car and the senator's car both simply say "Bicentennial" across the top with "81-82". All Georgian license plates at that time had Georgia written on them. See more »

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Sharky: You know Frisco, when we used to flush the toilet upstairs, we always wondered where it came to...
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Loud, stupid, violent but kind of fun
2 January 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vice copy (Burt Reynolds) falls for a high-price call girl (Rachel Ward) who's under the thumb of an underworld lord (Gassman). The storyline is highly improbable, has a VERY slow stretch with Reynolds watching Ward through binoculars, has tons of gunfights and gallons of blood. Also, very sleazy. Still, I was never really bored. I was in the mood for a stupid, violent movie and this delivered. Reynold is OK in the lead; Charles Durning is very funny as his boss (he basically walks around yelling and cursing--and enjoying it); Gassman is appropriately slimy as the underworld leader. Best of all is Ward--she is incredible gorgeous and gives this movie a much better performance than it deserves. Worth watching, solely for her.


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