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The Take (1990)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime  -  28 March 1990 (USA)
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An ex-Miami cop just back from prison for corruption gets caught up in the Florida drug trade.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Sharkey ...
Dennis
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Weller
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Barry Shaw
Joe Lala
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Delaney
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Coco Cardona
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Victor Menocal
Nelson Oramas ...
Detective Diaz
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Luis Menocal
Tony Bolano ...
Flaco
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Elena (as Lonnie Shaw)
Christopher Pianno ...
Vallone
Bobby J. Foxworth ...
Big John
Alfredo Álvarez Calderón ...
Indio
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Shel
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An ex-cop (Ray Sharkey) who was sent to prison for corruption runs into an old friend, a talk show host Larry Manetti). Going with the host to his girl friend's house, they arrive to find her dead of an overdose after having a fling with a doctor. The host goes berserk, kills the doctor, and takes off with a case of cocaine the doctor has. Unfortunately the case belongs to the Cuban mob, whose leader (Orestes Matacena) is the doctor's brother. The mob goes after the host. But when the host turns up dead, the mob demands Sharkey to find the missing drugs or else. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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28 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Chantage à la cocaïne  »

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Formulaic plot concerns decided as per viewer expectations.
9 April 2002 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

With a setting in Miami and its environs, and with Cuban Leon Ichaso directing in his normal kinetic fashion, TAKE presents a storyline concerning Dennis Delaney (Ray Sharkey), an ex-policeman who is released after four years in prison following a conviction for an aborted drug-dealer rip-off, and who attempts to reclaim a portion of his reputation while strengthening his marriage to his loyal indeed wife Sally (Lisa Hartman). Delaney, working as a security guard at a jai-alai gambling club, becomes friendly with a former Miami radio personality, Barry Shaw (Larry Manetti, who also produces here), and when Shaw is entangled in a grab at profit involving murder, heroin, and local Cuban narcotics kingpin Victor Menocal (Orestes Matacena), the former policeman finds that he is drawn into a dangerous morass. There are some clever components within the dialogue and some interesting casting, particularly that of Nelson Oramas as Delaney's former supervisor who remains faithful to their comradeship, (Oramas an actual lieutenant with Metro-Dade Police at the time of filming), with Matacena having conquered over the largely Cuban group of actors to garner the film's acting laurels, with his portrayal of a drug lord being nicely tatted with ambiguity. However, the writing is slipshod and the direction and editing often leave the players hanging, Ichaso favouring local colour and scenes of Latin dance to the detriment of what should be a tighter scenario, while Sharkey amiably saunters through the film, seemingly not terribly much involved with his admittedly hackneyed role responsibilities.


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