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
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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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The films Stunt Coordinator, legend Alan Gibbs had planned a special roll-over car stunt for himself to do, but he got sick (of cancer) during the making of the film. The producers waited for the last minute to shoot the roll-over scene, IF he would got better but when Alan Gibbs suddenly died, Jack Gill , who had taken over as Stunt Coordinator, had to perform the stunt instead. See more »


Richie Marks: I know what you're thinkin'! I'm young and quick, and he's old and slow!
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action movie better than average..the best film GLICKENHAUS has done

it is unusual to see SAM ELLIOT in a contemporary urban action thriller. I haven't seen this in awhile but I rtemember enjoying it. PETER WELLER plays an attorney who tries to get to the bottom of a police corruption scandal and ends up taking on half of the force and the cities criminal underworld. SAM ELLIOT plays the modren day cop with a wild west mentality and a huge .45 auto pistol...(which he uses frequently thus fullfilling thje action monicker of this film) SHAKEDOWN has impressive chase and action sequences. Critics bitched because wasn't dramatic enough but I enjoyed it. For action fans please note the action outweighs the court room scenes. I have wondered why sam elliot hasn't done more contemporary action thrillers like FATAL BEAUTY a action movie directed by FRIGHT NIGHTS TOM HOLLAND. He seems adept at contemporary pistol packing films as well as all the wonderful westerns he does for TNT. I have talked to many women who find elliot attractive, something about him. He looks like the rugged sort who will come riding out of the sage with a single action revolver after cattle rustlers at any second. I think this is his enduring appeal to movie and watchers. I rate this film as a fantasy action epic with court room appeal...PRESSUMED INNOCENT it is not...yet, it is worth the price of a movie rental. This is perhaps the best of the it is consistent in it's action delivery. 4 star 4 action...3 for drama (out of 7)

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