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Sharky's Machine (1981)
Tight story, great period soundtrack and entertaining morality play. Character actor extravaganza!
The jazz soundtrack makes this seem like a Clint Eastwood movie.
In fact the whole thing strikes me as Burt doing Clint. The story is good and the movie is full of one liners that I carry with me to this day. (Reynolds to bad guy: I'm gonna pull the chain on you pal, because you're f'n up my town. And you wanna know the worst part? You're from outta state!)
Highlights: The Technics 1500B reel to reel is nice set dressing for audiophiles!
Charles Durning coming unglued while listening to wiretap tapes of prostitutes having (sort of) phone sex. (You'd have to see it, trust me, it's hilarious.)
Brian Keith plays against type as a tough guy. (And does it well!)
Bernie Casie's preoccupation with Zen.
Rachel Ward. WOW! (Where'd she go?)
Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show band play their rears off as usual. (Joe William's guests on vocals. Manhattan Transfer re-recorded "Route 66".) The soundtrack lends class to the whole affair.
Need I say more? It might be Reynold's best film ever.
(Yeah, he plays himself, as usual, but it works!)