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Shamus (1973)

Millions in diamonds are stolen from a safe in NYC and later the burglar is killed. Shamus is paid $10,000 by the owner to find the diamonds or killer.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writer:

Barry Beckerman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Shamus McCoy
Dyan Cannon ... Alexis Montaigne
John P. Ryan ... Col.Hardcore
Joe Santos ... Lt. Promuto
Giorgio Tozzi Giorgio Tozzi ... Dottore
Ron Weyand Ron Weyand ... E.J. Hume
Larry Block Larry Block ... Springy
Beeson Carroll Beeson Carroll ... Bolton
Kevin Conway ... The Kid
Kay Frye Kay Frye ... Bookstore Girl
John Glover ... Johnnie
Merwin Goldsmith ... Schnook
Melody Santangello Melody Santangello ... First Woman (as Melody Santangelo)
Irving Selbst Irving Selbst ... Heavy
Alex Wilson ... Felix Montaigne
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Storyline

New York private eye Shamus McCoy likes girls, drink and gambling, but by the look of his flat business can't be too hot. So an offer of $10,000 to finds some diamonds stolen in a daring raid with a flame-thrower is too good to miss. His investigations soon get pretty complicated and rather too dangerous. At least along the way he does get to meet Alexis. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Shamus is a pro! He never misses! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Passion for Danger See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Academy Award winning cinematographer Wally Pfister said seeing the filming of this picture near his home and watching Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) convinced him of becoming a filmmaker. See more »

Goofs

When McCoy enters the shipping room at the warehouse, the border pattern on the front of the glass panel does not match that seen through from the rear. The two verticals over the PP in SHIPPING should be visible through the frosted glass, but there is a horizontal join instead. See more »

Quotes

Hardcore: When I die I'll go to heaven because I've already been to hell.
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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

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Shamus
27 March 2007 | by keithmallettSee all my reviews

This film is worth viewing just for the pantomime Reynolds does during the opening credits; some really funny stuff. I also liked the fact that an old Twilight Zone alumnus, Buzz Kulick, directed. Reynolds is not a great actor and he knows it. He tends to play the same character in every film he appears in. The one exception is of course the masterpiece Deliverence, where he plays the stoic man of action to the hilt. Shamus is a fast breezy piece of work that is fun to watch and it appears that Burt Reynolds had fun making it. Reynolds also has a tie to The Twilight Zone. In an episode called The Bard, playing a method actor called Rocky Rhodes, Reynolds does a hilarious parody of Marlon Brando.


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