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
Burt is Sharky. Nobody leans on Sharky's Machine!
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Did You Know?
The Orion Pictures studio acquired the film rights to William Diehl
's source novel of the same name for a reported US $400,000 according to the 10th January 1979 edition of show-business trade paper 'Daily Variety'. See more
Watch the locomotives pulling the train in the open scenes. Sometimes they're F.E.C. (Florida East Coast R.R.) locomotives and at other times they're Family Lines/Seaboard Coast Line/CSX. These are two separate rail lines to Miami that run parallel to each other but are a few miles apart. Much of the opening scene footage, however, seems to have been shot along the CSX (ex-Family Lines, ex-Seaboard Coast Line, ex-Seaboard Air Line) track. 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.
Referenced in Jackie Brown
Performed by The Manhattan Transfer
by Bobby Troup
(as B. Troup)
Courtesy Atlantic Records See more