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Shaker Run (1985)

With the accidental discovery of a lethal bio-agent at her research facility, Dr. Christine Ruben decides to double cross her own government by stealing the deadly formula to keep it out of... See full summary »


Bruce Morrison


Jim Kouf (screenplay) (as James Kouf Jr), Henry Fownes (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Robertson ... Judd Pierson
Leif Garrett ... Casey Lee
Lisa Harrow ... Dr. Christine Rubin
Shane Briant ... Paul Thoreau
Peter Rowell Peter Rowell ... Mr. Carney
Peter Hayden Peter Hayden ... Michael Connoly
Ian Mune ... Barry Gordon
Bruce Phillips ... Dr. Marshall
Fiona Samuel Fiona Samuel ... Casey's Girl (as Fiona Samuels)
Deidre O'Connor Deidre O'Connor ... Judd's Girl
Nathaniel Lees ... Squad Commander (as Nat Lees)
Daniel Gilloni Daniel Gilloni ... Thoreau's Driver
Geoffrey Heath ... Car Sales Customer
Dave Smith Dave Smith ... Car Salesman
Igo Kantor Igo Kantor ... CIA Man


With the accidental discovery of a lethal bio-agent at her research facility, Dr. Christine Ruben decides to double cross her own government by stealing the deadly formula to keep it out of the clutches of the military, whom she doesn't trust. To make her rendezvous with some confederates who promise to get her out of the country, she recruits daredevil driver Judd Pierson and his partner Casey Lee, who are down on their luck and take the job without knowing what they're getting into. Written by Alfred Jingle

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With A Deadly Experiment Out of Control, He is Their Only Hope See more »


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In his 2019 autobiography "Idol Truth" Leif Garrett revealed he proposed marriage to his longtime girlfriend Nicolette Sheridan while making this film in New Zealand. She accepted, but later changed her mind. See more »


The Hitman: [about to steal a high-powered race car from a dealership] Give me the keys.
[the salesman quickly hands him the keys]
The Hitman: Thank you.
Car Salesman: [trying to stay positive] Drive carefully!
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Written and Performed by Shona Laing
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Eclectic and Fun
25 August 2006 | by brook_garrettsonSee all my reviews

Shaker Run shows more of the New Zealand countryside than even Lord of the Rings. As an added bonus, there are fast V-8 powered cars speeding through it. While it is a bit thin on plot, what is provided is sufficient and more than made up for by the good cinematography, excellent actors and fulfilling chase scenes. Realizing that V-8 powered cars, let alone American V-8 powered are quite rare in New Zealand these days, it is quite fun to behold Judd (Cliff Robertson), a cantankerous American professional driver, blasting across bridges and down roads in the style of Mad Max in a modified Trans Am whilst outmaneuvering the secret police chasing him in sinister black indigenously-produced V-8 pursuit vehicles with air scoops in their hoods. The treat of the movie, in my opinion, was the part where Mr. Carney commandeers a Chevy-powered race car from a downtown dealership, drives it through a storefront window and pursues the Trans Am up a mountain road.

Shaker Run is a rare snapshot of New Zealand during the 1980's. The movies is as rare as it is entertaining for travel-oriented and eclectic motor heads such as myself.

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15 August 1985 (Norway) See more »

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