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Sharky's Machine -- Burt Reynolds is Sharky, a relentless undercover vice cop determined to smash an international crime syndicate while protecting a beautiful and dangerously involved young call-girl.


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William Diehl (novel)
Gerald Di Pego (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 December 1981 (USA) See more »
Nobody leans on Sharky's Machine. [Theatrical] See more »
Tom Sharky is a narcotics cop in Atlanta who's demoted to vice after a botched bust. In the depths of this lowly division... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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Tight story, great period soundtrack and entertaining morality play. Character actor extravaganza! See more (57 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Reynolds ... Sgt. Tom Sharky

Vittorio Gassman ... Victor Scorelli

Brian Keith ... Papa

Charles Durning ... Lt. Friscoe

Earl Holliman ... Donald Hotchkins

Bernie Casey ... Arch

Henry Silva ... Billy Score

Richard Libertini ... Nosh

Darryl Hickman ... Smiley

Rachel Ward ... Dominoe

Joseph Mascolo ... Joe Tipps

Carol Locatell ... Mabel
Hari Rhodes ... Highball Mary

John Fiedler ... Barrett
James O'Connell ... Twigs

Val Avery ... Det. Ted Roper
Suzee Pai ... Siakwan
Aarika Wells ... Tiffany
Tony King ... Kitten Holmes
Dan Inosanto ... Chin No. 1
Weaver Levy ... Chin No. 2
May Keller ... May (as May Keller Pearce)
Sheryl Kilby ... Lisa
James Lewis ... Policeman No. 1
Scott Newell ... Policeman No. 2
Glynn Rubin ... Pregnant Woman
Bennie Moore ... Bus Driver
Alveda King ... Bus Rider (as Alveda King Beale)
Gayle Davis ... Bus Rider
Atim Kweli ... Bus Rider
Brenda Bynum ... Aging Hooker
Gus Mann ... Flasher
William Diehl ... Percy
Elaine Falone ... Hooker with Mabel
Wanda Strange ... Hooker No. 1
Barbara Stokes ... Hooker No. 2
John Greenwell ... Rachel
John Arthur ... Pusher
Terrayne Crawford ... Woman
Mary Beth Busbee ... Woman at Garden Party
J. Don Ferguson ... Rally Emcee
Monica Pearson ... Newscaster (as Monica Kaufman)
Dave Michaels ... Newscaster
Wes Sarginson ... Newscaster
Forrest Sawyer ... Newscaster
Colonel Beach ... Security Officer
Danny Nelson ... Man with Mabel
Lamar Jackson ... Boots
El Mongol ... Mongol
Sue Cockrell ... Victor's Girl
Lisa Hall ... Victor's Girl
Pam Newman ... Victor's Girl
April Reed ... Victor's Girl
Susan Williamson ... Victor's Girl

Diana Castle ... Girl with Kitten (as Diana Szlosberg)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Duncan McNeill ... Teen on bus (uncredited)

Bill Nunn ... Kitten's Bouncer (uncredited)

Directed by
Burt Reynolds 
Writing credits
William Diehl (novel)

Gerald Di Pego (screenplay)

Produced by
Hank Moonjean .... producer
Edward Teets .... associate producer
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker 
Film Editing by
William D. Gordean  (as William Gordean)
Dennis Virkler 
Casting by
Terry Liebling  (as Terry H. Liebling)
Production Design by
Walter Scott Herndon 
Set Decoration by
Phil Abramson  (as Philip Abrahamson)
Costume Design by
Norman Salling 
Makeup Department
Gabriel Borgo .... hair stylist (as Gabe Borgo)
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
Tom Ellingwood .... makeup artist
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
Production Management
Edward Teets .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Moen .... second assistant director
Benjamin Rosenberg .... first assistant director (as Benjy Rosenberg)
Jim Van Wyck .... second assistant director
Don Wilkerson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michael Dunn .... property master (as Mike Dunn)
Craig Edgar .... set designer
Joseph Karas .... construction foreman
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master (as Gary Kieldrup)
Ronald D. Kropf .... painter foreman
Charles McKinlay .... construction foreman
Michael Miller .... assistant property master (as Michael 'Max' Miller)
Ernest Phillips .... stand-by painter (as Ernie Phillips)
Richard Reseigne .... construction coordinator (as Dick Reseigne)
Edmund Villa .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Milton C. Burrow .... supervising sound editor
Jay Engel .... adr editor
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist (as Walter Gest)
Joe Kenworthy .... sound mixer
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Glen Lambert .... boom operator (as Glenn Lambert)
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Nicholson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Solomon .... sound mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects
Jerry Barrett .... stunts
Bobby Bass .... stunt coordinator
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
James Hooks Reynolds .... stunts (as James Reynolds)
Dar Robinson .... stunts
Bobby Sargent .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (as Glenn Wilder)
Lars Lundgren .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald H. Boatright .... electrical best boy
Gary R. Dodd .... key grip
John J. Ellingwood .... second assistant camera
Nick McLean .... camera operator
Doug Pentek .... electrical gaffer
Keith Peterman .... first assistant camera
Richard R. Robinson .... still photographer (as Richard Robinson)
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Brian W. Roy .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jim Garrard .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gene Deardorff .... costumer: men
Arlene Encell .... wardrobe supervisor: women
Don Vargas .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Editorial Department
Janice Parker .... assistant editor
Charles Woolf .... assistant editor
David Williams .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Al Capps .... conductor
Al Capps .... music arranger
Bob Florence .... additional music arranger
Snuff Garrett .... music supervisor
Grover B. Helsley .... scoring mixer (as Grover Helsley)
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Dave Pell .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Donald R. Casella .... transportation coordinator
Richard H. Greever .... transportation co-captain
Bill Myers .... transportation co-captain (as William H. Myers)
Other crew
Don Baccardy .... dominoe's portrait by
Beverly Baker .... assistant: Burt Reynolds
Blanche Bisbing .... assistant production accountant
Roberta Brecher .... security supervisor
Stanley Brossette .... unit publicist
Tom Culla .... assistant: Burt Reynolds
Anthony Ferro .... choreographer
Vince Heileson .... production accountant
Art 'Klondike' Jones .... craft service
Jerry Ketcham .... plannings consultant
Richard Liebegott .... assistant to producer
Richard Liebegott .... production coordinator
Princess O'Mahoney .... administration assistant
Wallace Potts .... administration assistant
Charlotte Shoaff .... assistant: Terry H. Liebling
Louis Silvers .... administration assistant
Joseph S. Straka III .... security supervisor
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Dorothy Vitale .... first aid
David Williams .... administration assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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122 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The role of Dominoe was not cast when production started shooting.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
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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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Tight story, great period soundtrack and entertaining morality play. Character actor extravaganza!, 13 October 2004
Author: Ricktrumpetman from United States

The jazz soundtrack makes this seem like a Clint Eastwood movie.

In fact the whole thing strikes me as Burt doing Clint. The story is good and the movie is full of one liners that I carry with me to this day. (Reynolds to bad guy: I'm gonna pull the chain on you pal, because you're f'n up my town. And you wanna know the worst part? You're from outta state!)

Highlights: The Technics 1500B reel to reel is nice set dressing for audiophiles!

Charles Durning coming unglued while listening to wiretap tapes of prostitutes having (sort of) phone sex. (You'd have to see it, trust me, it's hilarious.)

Brian Keith plays against type as a tough guy. (And does it well!)

Bernie Casie's preoccupation with Zen.

Rachel Ward. WOW! (Where'd she go?)

Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show band play their rears off as usual. (Joe William's guests on vocals. Manhattan Transfer re-recorded "Route 66".) The soundtrack lends class to the whole affair.

Need I say more? It might be Reynold's best film ever.

(Yeah, he plays himself, as usual, but it works!)


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