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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 ... See full summary »

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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 Merwin Goldsmith ... Schnook
Melody Santangello Melody Santangello ... First Woman (as Melody Santangelo)
Irving Selbst Irving Selbst ... Heavy
Alex Wilson Alex Wilson ... Felix Montaigne
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1973 (UK) See more »

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Passion for Danger See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.33 : 1
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The movie is loosely based on the "87th Precinct" novels by author Ed McBain. Although the "87th Precinct" series of novels by novelist Evan Hunter (writing as "Ed McBain") have sold millions of copies since the first one appeared in the late 1950s, and still sell well today, this is one of only a relative handful of theatrical films (not counting a few made-for-TV movies and a TV series in the 1960s) to have been made from them. See more »

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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 »

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Hardcore: When I die I'll go to heaven because I've already been to hell.
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Early 70's NYC Reynolds
26 August 2011 | by stevenfallonnycSee all my reviews

I just watched "Shamus" for the first time, ever. I mainly wanted to watch it for two reasons, one being I like early Burt, and also that it was filmed (the Brooklyn scenes) just blocks from where I grew up. I guess that I like early 70's NYC films as well.

Truth is, I did make it through the movie, but it's not really that good of a movie. Actually, I pretty much have absolutely no idea what it was about. Something about some stolen diamonds, guns, and shady people but it all just got lost to me. The main fun is watching 70's superstud Burt do his private-eye thing, which is mainly smoking cigarettes, acting cool, throwing around witty one-liners, getting chicks to go to bed with him, and punching guys out. Hey, good enough. What was that plot again? Funny scene in a bookstore where Burt walks in and decides he's gonna sleep with the hot intellectual chick in there, and of course he makes her melt with his ultra-coolness and smooth lines. Burt smooth-talks the gorgeous Dyan Cannon too, who kinda underacts here, like she's half asleep.

There are a lot of familiar 70's faces in this. But maybe best of all is Morris The Cat, who I guess earned the role from his rave reviews as 9-Lives spokescat (he was also in the movie "The Long Goodbye"). Morris earns raves as he uses his cool cat skills to, well, be a cool cat when things are happening around him. Morris gets fed a few times and we don't see the brand, 9-Lives definitely missed on some early product placement.

But Burt is good, as he participates in a lot of fighting, loving, swearing, and he even drives a huge stolen army vehicle throughout town with no police interference. The movie has an odd ending, maybe Morris should have helped that out. If you can watch Burt do his thing without caring too much about the mixed up plot, "Shamus" is good for a viewing.


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