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Shakedown (1988)

 -  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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Michael Jones
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Officer Kelly (as Tom Waites)
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Ruben
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Gail Feinberger
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Sean Phillips (as John McGinley)
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Irma
Walter Flanagan ...
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Dean Howland
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Big Leroy (as Judd Henry Baker)
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Storyline

A drug dealer shoots a corrupt police officer. Though the drug dealer admits his guilt, he pleads self-defense. His lawyer, Roland Dalton, and a "blue jean cop", Richie Marks, pursue evidence in his favor. They encounter difficulties from other corrupt police officers, drug dealers, and various street scum. Dalton's life is further complicated by the fact that the prosecuting attorney is a former lover. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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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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Action | Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blue Jean Cop  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,068,039 (USA)
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Was originally set to be distributed by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group before Universal acquired the film after DEG fell under bankruptcy. See more »

Quotes

Richie Marks: No, actually it's fuck you asshole!
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References Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

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Lookin' For Love
Performed by Nikki Ryder
Produced by Jonathan Elias
Written by Jonathan Elias and John Waite
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Gigantic action scenes go unevenly with the thriller story.
24 February 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Behold! Another movie about crooked New York cops and the two unorthodox cop and lawyer that gives them the shakedown. The story was alright, but the action scenes were tremendous. In fact, they were too good for a movie that had a very solemn thriller aspect in addition to having trouble picking up the pace at points. Things will go slow and then bam! Some wild action scene occurs. This also makes the ending, ala True Lies, far too ridiculous to really enjoy. Perhaps, if the story was all about Sam Elliots character, the quiet and rugged cop who doesn't ask too many questions, it would seem fitting as an explosive cop shootout kind of movie. But the film is transplanted into the courtroom with subtlies of Peter Weller's character, a lawyer, who is defending the drug dealer accused of killing a cop who is part of a whole line of New York's finest shmoozing the city's notorious drug dealers.

This movie wasn't too bad, and probably enjoyable for those who like cheap, 80s cop thriller movies without too much regard to writing. If they'd have kept up with the action scenes, it'd made a fine action/suspense film. And, without all the action, it'd made a fine thriller. It just changes tempo too often is all.


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