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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:

If you mess with a cop like Sharky, you better be very tough . . . or very beautiful. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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

This was the first major movie for actress Rachel Ward who had previously only worked in television and on one smaller film, Night School (1981). See more »

Goofs

In the end scene when Sharky is approaching the window. See more »

Quotes

Arch: Sharky...
Sharky: Yeah?
Arch: When you find him, you got to put him down.
Sharky: I'll put him down!
Arch: Sharky...
Sharky: Yeah?
Arch: Put his ass in the ground, you hear me?
Sharky: Yeah.
Arch: Sharky...
Sharky: Yeah?
[...]
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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 »

Connections

References Laura (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

High Energy
Performed by Doc Severinsen
by Bob Florence (as B. Florence)
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Arguably Burt's best.
21 June 2001 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

I haven't seen every single movie that Burt Reynolds has ever made, but this one (which I've just finished watching, for the third time) may very well be his best! It suffers only from some slow stretches; Burt perhaps tried to make it more "arty" than it should have been. On the other hand, he managed to avoid many of the usual cliches in the presentation of the "tough cop" role he plays (notice, for example, the scene in which he attempts to kiss Rachel Ward for the first time, or the fear he expresses just before the final showdown with the indestructible Henry Silva). In fact, Silva and those two ninja assassins are three of the most memorable villains of cop thrillers of the 80s. The film also has some offbeat touches, a surprising amount of humor, a brutal and gripping fistfight and many well-directed shots. (***)


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