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Shakedown (1988)

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A legal attorney and renegade cop team up to stop a corrupt cop.

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James Glickenhaus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Brooks ... Michael Jones
Jude Ciccolella ... Patrick O'Leary
George Loros George Loros ... Officer Varelli
Thomas G. Waites ... Officer Kelly (as Tom Waites)
Daryl Edwards ... Dr. Watson
Jos Laniado ... Ruben
Peter Weller ... Roland Dalton
Blanche Baker ... Gail Feinberger
John C. McGinley ... Sean Phillips (as John McGinley)
Patricia Charbonneau ... Susan Cantrell
Shirley Stoler ... Irma
Walter Flanagan Walter Flanagan ... Prison Guard
Walter Bobbie ... Dean Howland
Henry Judd Baker ... Big Leroy (as Judd Henry Baker)
Sam Elliott ... Richie Marks
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Storyline

A drug dealer shoots a corrupt police officer. Though the drug dealer admits his guilt, he pleads self-defense. His lawyer, Roland Dalton, and renegade loner NYPD narcotics agent Richie Marks, pursue evidence in his favor. They encounter difficulties from other corrupt police officers, drug dealers, and various street scum. Dalton's life is further complicated by the fact that the prosecuting attorney is a former lover. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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An overworked lawyer. An undercover cop. In a town where everyone is for sale... they're the best that money can buy. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Jean Cop See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,017,800, 8 May 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,068,039
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Runtime:

(PAL) | (PAL)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Borrelli was brought in to rewrite the script and make any scene that needed a laugh to feel like Lethal Weapon (1987) with the dialogue. James Glickenhaus loved Borrelli's additions to the script but he didn't have the agreement with the WGA to allow him credit for it. See more »

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Quotes

Gail Feinberger: Don't you think it's a little early in the morning for heavy metal?
Roland Dalton: Gail, Gail, honey, sweetie, I love you, I'm gonna marry you, but you are making me feel very old. This is not heavy metal. This is Hendrix. Genius, maybe, but this is definitely not heavy metal.
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Alternate Versions

The film was initially rated R in Australia, but Hoyts Distribution, the local distributor, wanted the film to be rated M so it could gain a wider audience, and potentially make more money given Peter Weller's popularity, so they cut the offending scenes from all 35mm release prints. Unfortunately the same print was used for the subsequent VHS release. The cuts scenes are: The section of the scene where Rydel is in the car with his snitch and threatens to have him raped by a large convict has been cut out. The scene where Big Leroy opens fire with an Uzi outside the Deuce and cuts down bystanders has been trimmed so the body count isn't so high. The scene where the old jailer offers the yuppie in the cell a condom with his breakfast is completely removed. The court scene where the judge sets Nicky Carr's bail at $1 million dollars is cut short. The sequence where Carr's attorney's produces the million bucks from a briefcase has been cut as has Carr's interplay with Marks, who is watching. The opening scene where the dealer in the park lights up a crack pipe has been shortened by a few seconds. The death of the snitch by Big Leroy electrocuting him has been cut short by several seconds so you don't see the snitch squirm as he dies. See more »

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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Subterranean Homesick Blues
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The best cops that money can buy ............
1 August 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Completely contrived police corruption plot but Sam Elliott and Peter Weller do the best that could be expected under the circumstances. This almost seems like the roller coaster scene and the plane finale were thought up, and then connected somehow with the cartoon like script. Character development beyond Elliott and Weller is sketchy. The entire cops on the drug dealers payroll scenario is exploited way beyond what might make sense. The night shots on 42nd street are terrific, but you simply cannot take "Shakedown" seriously, and with each passing scene things deteriorate as believability flies out the window. The movie has some entertainment value, but do not expect much beyond stunt work and crashes. - MERK


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