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Sharky's Machine (1981)

Tom Sharky is demoted to vice after a bust goes terribly wrong. He and his team stumble across a mob murder tied to prostitution and government.

Director:

Burt Reynolds

Writers:

William Diehl (novel), Gerald Di Pego (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Sharky
Vittorio Gassman ... Victor
Brian Keith ... Papa
Charles Durning ... Friscoe
Earl Holliman ... Hotchkins
Bernie Casey ... Arch
Henry Silva ... Billy Score
Richard Libertini ... Nosh
Darryl Hickman ... Smiley
Rachel Ward ... Dominoe
Joseph Mascolo ... Joe Tipps
Carol Locatell ... Mabel
Hari Rhodes ... Highball Mary
John Fiedler ... Barrett
James O'Connell James O'Connell ... Twigs
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Storyline

Tom Sharky is a narcotics cop in Atlanta who's demoted to vice after a botched bust. In the depths of this lowly division, while investigating a high-dollar prostitution ring, Sharky stumbles across a mob murder with government ties, and responds by assembling his downtrodden fellow investigators (Sharky's "machine") to find the leaders and bring them to justice before they kill off all his partners and witnesses, including Sharky himself. Written by Unknown

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Taglines:

Nobody leans on Sharky's Machine. [Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

18 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigada Anti-Crime See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,022,041, 20 December 1981

Gross USA:

$35,610,100
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actress Stephanie Beacham was reportedly going to be tested for the lead female role of Dominoe in this film by director Burt Reynolds according to the 22nd December 1980 edition of show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter'. The part in the end was cast with actress Rachel Ward. See more »

Goofs

After Arch climbs over Papa's dead body on the stairwell, Papa moves his head. See more »

Quotes

Dominoe: This is all you know, isn't it? Pushing, hitting, and punching! Does it make you feel good or something?
Sharky: Sometimes, yes!
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions are briefly cut by 9 seconds to edit some shots of nunchakus (although they remain clearly visible in other scenes). See more »

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References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »

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There's a great movie in here somewhere
19 January 2010 | by mickeyshamrockSee all my reviews

I think the most important thing to keep in mind while watching SHARKY'S MACHINE is that Burt Reynolds directed it... that sunk in yet? OK good. I'm not knocking Reynolds' ability behind the camera, I actually think he does a commendable job (p.s. I'm a big Reynolds fan), I just always think it's important to note when an actor directs and stars in their own movie. Sure, it's dated and fairly rough around the edges, but there's a great movie in here that continually peeks through the cracks. Unfortunately it just never seems to peek through long enough to win over most viewers. However the movie features some good old fashioned cop stuff, some good old fashioned violence, and a great, good old fashioned bad guy (the lost art of the great bad guy) played by the always stellar Henry Silva. It also features an awesome stunt by stunt legend (whatever happened to stunt legends?) and Reynolds' STICK co-star, Dar Robinson. As usual, Reynolds is great in the title roll of Sharky - I've just always wondered if a more experienced director (perhaps John Frankenheimer) had helmed this film, and STICK for that matter, would that have elevated this film to action classic status? It's very possible...


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