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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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Ruben
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Gail Feinberger
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Sean Phillips (as John McGinley)
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Dean Howland
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A drug dealer shoots a corrupt police officer. Though the drug dealer admits his guilt, he pleads self-defense. His lawyer, Roland Dalton, and renegade loner NYPD narcotics agent 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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6 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Blue Jean Cop  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,068,039 (USA)
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We first see Richie Marks while he is inside a movie theater showing The Soldier (1982), which was also directed by James Glickenhaus. See more »

Quotes

Richie Marks: You know what this is?
Tommie: It's a gun! It's a gun!
Richie Marks: Yeah, and you're a fuckin' genius! Now listen up. This gun is clean, no serial number. So if I blow out what's left of your brain and chuck it in the East River, your case is closed. The people downtown are gonna file you under DSAF. "Did Society A Favor." Got it?
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References Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

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Purple Haze
Written by Jimi Hendrix (uncredited)
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of A.R.M.B.Y.
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Manages to be daft and serious
28 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hey! It's Robocop versus Huggy Bear, with Sam Elliot backing Peter Weller up. When a dodgy undercover cop tries to rob and kill a crack dealer and ends up getting ventilated, it's up to legal aid guy Peter Weller to get him freed. He's got many problems, however. The dodgy cop has loads of equally dodgy bad cop mates willing to cover up for him, and the prosecution lawyer type person is his ex-girlfriend. And he's engaged to be married to a woman who doesn't like Jimi Hendrix! What's a Robocop turned robo lawyer to do? Luckily, he's got Sam Elliot, a straight cop, on his side. Between them, they're going to clean up New York City of all crooked cops and crack dealers (with the exception of the crack dealer Weller's trying to free from prison).

This film is kind of all over the place, what with Weller's marital problems and those bad cops breathing down his neck. He's also got Huggy Bear (Night of the Sharks) trying to set both him and Ellot up to be killed, which leads to all sorts of action sequences that so increasingly ridiculous you'll be wondering which one to pick as the daftest moment in the film. Sam Elliott jumping from a fourth floor window onto a bus? Elliot having a punch up on a roller-coaster? Or how about Elliott attacking an aeroplane by jumping onto it's front wheel and shooting wildly while dangling in the air? That part was pretty stupid, and looked a bit rushed too, as if they were trying to keep the running time down a bit.

That said, it's moments like those above that keep the film going, or else we'd be bogged down in legal procedure and Weller cheating on his fiancé. Weller and Elliott are both pretty good leads so that helps too.

Also starring John C McGinley of "every film made from 1986-1990" fame


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