Shaker Run (1985)

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With the accidental discovery of a lethal bio-agent at her research facility, Dr. Christine Ruben decides to double cross her own government by stealing the deadly formula to keep it out of... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Judd Pierson
Casey Lee
Dr. Christine Rubin
Paul Thoreau
Peter Rowell ...
Mr. Carney
Peter Hayden ...
Michael Connoly
Ian Mune ...
Barry Gordon
Dr. Marshall
Fiona Samuel ...
Casey's Girl (as Fiona Samuels)
Nathaniel Lees ...
Squad Commander (as Nat Lees)
Geoffrey Heath ...
Car Sales Customer
Igo Kantor ...
Barry Dorking ...


With the accidental discovery of a lethal bio-agent at her research facility, Dr. Christine Ruben decides to double cross her own government by stealing the deadly formula to keep it out of the clutches of the military, whom she doesn't trust. To make her rendezvous with some confederates who promise to get her out of the country, she recruits daredevil driver Judd Pierson and his partner Casey Lee, who are down on their luck and take the job without knowing what they're getting into. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Release Date:

15 August 1985 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Dirka s smrtjo  »

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This is incorrect I was there at the time Sitting in a bus over the road: definitely shot at same time as the panel wagon rolling over the VW. See more »


Written and Performed by Shona Laing
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Eclectic and Fun
25 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shaker Run shows more of the New Zealand countryside than even Lord of the Rings. As an added bonus, there are fast V-8 powered cars speeding through it. While it is a bit thin on plot, what is provided is sufficient and more than made up for by the good cinematography, excellent actors and fulfilling chase scenes. Realizing that V-8 powered cars, let alone American V-8 powered are quite rare in New Zealand these days, it is quite fun to behold Judd (Cliff Robertson), a cantankerous American professional driver, blasting across bridges and down roads in the style of Mad Max in a modified Trans Am whilst outmaneuvering the secret police chasing him in sinister black indigenously-produced V-8 pursuit vehicles with air scoops in their hoods. The treat of the movie, in my opinion, was the part where Mr. Carney commandeers a Chevy-powered race car from a downtown dealership, drives it through a storefront window and pursues the Trans Am up a mountain road.

Shaker Run is a rare snapshot of New Zealand during the 1980's. The movies is as rare as it is entertaining for travel-oriented and eclectic motor heads such as myself.

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