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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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Dirty Harry Goes To Atlanta 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 romantic sub-plot of this movie's storyline has been likened to that of the classic 'film noir' Laura (1944).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): They define "dilawdid" as "Synthetic Heroin" whereas "Dilaudid" is Synthetic Morphine.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Reynolds City (2005)See more »
Dope BustSee more »


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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Dirty Harry Goes To Atlanta, 18 December 2004
Author: clockwork8812 from USA

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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