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Shake Hands with Danger (1980)

A cautionary training film for those who operate and repair heavy equipment. We watch vignettes of men taking short cuts in their work, doing things they aren't trained for, neglecting to ... See full summary »

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A cautionary training film for those who operate and repair heavy equipment. We watch vignettes of men taking short cuts in their work, doing things they aren't trained for, neglecting to warn a less experienced worker, using the wrong tool or a tool that's in disrepair, ignoring proper safety practices, trying to appear macho in front of fellow workers, thinking their reflexes are quicker than they are, working while distracted, and generally putting themselves and others at risk. The film is punctuated by the song, "Shakes Hands with Danger," the story of Three-Finger Joe. Filmed using Caterpillar equipment. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Narrator: Shake hands with danger/ Take the chance that you won't fall/ You'll save yourself a minute/ But you may damn well lose it all!
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Shake Hands with Danger
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Great theme song that'll have laughing all the way to casualty!
29 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A 70's public information film, narrated by a wise old gravel-voiced cowboy who explains that if you're working with heavy machinery and you ignore your personal safety, you're gonna shake hands with danger. A heady mix of unlocked differentials, pressurised hot oil, improper use of gasoline, carelessly discarded Marlboro's and blasé, distracted Village People-looking workmen who lose toes and fingers faster than a blind leper cartwheeling through a mousetrap testing facility. There are some fine stunts, wooden acting, which actually adds to the film's charm (watch out for the 'wasp in the bulldozer cab scene', hilarious, gruesome and sonically a bit John Carpenter), plus a truly outstanding country and western theme song that runs throughout the film - you can't help but smile every time it chimes in; you'll be singing it for the rest of the week!


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