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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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Cast

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Victor
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Papa
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Friscoe
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Hotchkins
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Arch
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Billy Score
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Nosh
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Smiley
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Joe Tipps
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Mabel
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Highball Mary
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Barrett
James O'Connell ...
Twigs
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Storyline

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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Burt is Sharky. Nobody leans on Sharky's Machine! See more »


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18 December 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brigada Anti-Crime  »

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Trivia

Source "Sharky's Machine" (1978) novelist William Diehl was in negotiations to pen the movie's screenplay from his own novel according to the 27th September 1978 edition of show-business trade paper 'Daily Variety' but in the end the film script for the picture was written by screenwriter Gerald Di Pego. See more »

Goofs

After Arch climbs over Papa's dead body on the stairwell, Papa moves his head. See more »

Quotes

Billy Score: Do you think I will live... or die?
Sharky: Ah, you'll die all right!
Billy Score: No, I don't think so. No, not by you!
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Connections

Referenced in Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Malvo (2006) See more »

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High Energy
Performed by Doc Severinsen
by Bob Florence (as B. Florence)
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Burt Goes In For Vice
6 December 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Sharky's Machine finds Burt Reynolds as a narcotics cop who after a failed buy and bust that wasn't his fault, but that got a few people killed in it, he finds himself demoted to the vice squad in Atlanta.

The prestige is hardly as good as the narcotics beat, but it does have its fringe benefits. One night after a roundup of working girls where one of their books falls into their hands, the guys ask for surveillance on Rachel Ward's place. She's an expensive item, servicing both notorious mobster Vittorio Gassman and law and order gubernatorial candidate Earl Holliman.

Their surveillance however records a murder and the rest of the film is Sharky and his new colleagues from vice trying to solve this prestige case.

Though it's a Burt Reynolds film and those usually have some humor to them, the comedy is kept in check as the film turns as deadly serious as Dirty Harry. It was reported in fact that Clint Eastwood was offered this film.

Look for some good performances by fellow vice cops Bernie Casey and Brian Keith and by Henry Silva the coked up brother of Gassman who does the dirty work of the organization and loves his job.

It's not a bad film, a mixture of Dirty Harry and Laura. Why Laura? You'll have to see Sharky's Machine for that answer.


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