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A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.
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
When Clint Eastwood made the comedy Every Which Way But Loose (1978), Burt Reynolds reportedly said to him, "Clint, you're getting into my territory [comedy], and if it's a success, I'm going out and make 'Dirty Harry Goes to Atlanta'!". When Sharky's Machine (1981) went into production, Eastwood sent a telegram to Reynolds saying, "You really weren't kidding, were you?" Reynolds has described this movie as 'Dirty Harry Goes to Atlanta' whilst many reviewers and critics have likened it to the 'Dirty Harry' film series. See more »
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 »
I'm gonna pull the chain on you, pal. And you wanna know why? 'Cause you're fucking up my city. 'Cause you're walking all over people like you own them. And you wanna know the worst part? You're from out of state.
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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
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
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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