Shakedown (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  6 May 1988 (USA)
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A legal attorney and renegade cop team up to stop a corrupt cop.


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Shirley Stoler ...
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When the bad guys have taken over... and the good guys are the worst of all... Whatever you do, don't call the cops. See more »


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Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blue Jean Cop  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$10,068,039 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The best cops that money can buy ............
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Completely contrived police corruption plot but Sam Elliott and Peter Weller do the best that could be expected under the circumstances. This almost seems like the roller coaster scene and the plane finale were thought up, and then connected somehow with the cartoon like script. Character development beyond Elliott and Weller is sketchy. The entire cops on the drug dealers payroll scenario is exploited way beyond what might make sense. The night shots on 42nd street are terrific, but you simply cannot take "Shakedown" seriously, and with each passing scene things deteriorate as believability flies out the window. The movie has some entertainment value, but do not expect much beyond stunt work and crashes. - MERK

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