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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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Smiley
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Joe Tipps
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Mabel
Hari Rhodes ...
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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Some cops are good at opening cases. Sharky knows how to finish one. [Video] See more »


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18 December 1981 (USA)  »

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Brigada Anti-Crime  »

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John Boorman was originally attached to direct. See more »

Goofs

On the boat, Smiley tells Sharky, "When you went to see the man, you really pissed him off... you should have just turned[Dominoe] in. She'd be dead, but Nosh, Jo Jo and all your friends would be alive." But the way the movie is edited, Nosh and Jo Jo were killed before Sharkey went to see Victor to tell him Dominoe is still alive. See more »

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Smiley: Paco?
[Asian thug shows off some butterfly knife flipping in front of Sharky]
Sharky: What is he auditioning for a job at Benihana's?
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Referenced in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: Mistress (2014) See more »

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Street Life
Performed by Randy Crawford
by Joe Sample (as J. Sample) & Will Jennings (as W. Jennings)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Dirty Harry Goes To Atlanta
18 December 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

That's how Burt Reynolds describes this film, which happens to be his best ever. He plays Tom Sharky, a vice detective who's on the trail of an international mobster (Vittorio Gassman) and the man he's financing to be the next governor of Georgia (Earl Holliman). In the novel by William Diehl, the story is more complex because the guy's running for president. This is a very long movie that feels more like three hours instead of two. The filming in downtown Atlanta and the Peachtree Plaza hotel sets the mood just right for the story. Reynolds doesn't do much laughing in this one compared to his comedy films. He's very serious here, especially in the beginning of the movie because he gets demoted for a dope bust that goes wrong. At times though, the movie plays more like a voyeuristic drama than a crime film with Burt trying to get close to the mobster's woman. Only towards the end of the film does the violence get cranked up that leads to the bang bang climax. Just like the great jazz score in DIRTY HARRY by Lalo Schifrin, Sharky's Machine features an excellent urban jazz soundtrack with many guest stars including Chet Baker, Julie London, Flora Purim & Buddy De Franco, The Manhattan Transfer, Doc Severinson, Sarah Vaughan and Joe Williams. Al Capps handles the score with magic. This movie has become one of the best crime dramas ever. Check it out.

Score, 8 out of 10 Stars


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