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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Jones
Patrick O'Leary
George Loros ...
Officer Kelly (as Tom Waites)
Gail Feinberger
Sean Phillips (as John McGinley)
Susan Cantrell
Shirley Stoler ...
Walter Flanagan ...
Prison Guard
Dean Howland
Henry Judd Baker ...
Big Leroy (as Judd Henry Baker)


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 <>

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An overworked lawyer. An undercover cop. In a town where everyone is for sale... they're the best that money can buy. 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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Was originally set to be distributed by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group before Universal acquired the film after DEG fell under bankruptcy. See more »


Roland Dalton: Once upon a time all I planned to do was play the tenor sax. Forever. That's it. Fillsville, man. But my dad and everybody said I was a sap, there was no money in it, so I go to law school, and I am here now, gone from another place. But I could play the tenor sax all day and all night. Everything was possible. And I was very certain that at any moment, I was going to find the love of my life.
Richie Marks: The love of your life?
Roland Dalton: Yeah.
Richie Marks: I met the love of my life once. Only I killed her dog before I got a ...
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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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