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Shakedown (1988)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 6 May 1988 (USA)
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A legal attorney and renegade cop team up to stop a corrupt cop.

Director:

James Glickenhaus
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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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The Best Cop Money Can't Buy See more »


Certificate:

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When Peter Weller goes to officer O'Leary's house at night to search the garage, he turns his head side to side like he did in Robocop. See more »

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Quotes

Richie Marks: You know what this is?
Tommie: It's a gun! It's a gun!
Richie Marks: Yeah, and you're a fuckin' genius! Now listen up. This gun is clean, no serial number. So if I blow out what's left of your brain and chuck it in the East River, your case is closed. The people downtown are gonna file you under DSAF. "Did Society A Favor." Got it?
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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 »

Connections

References A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) See more »

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Subterranean Homesick Blues
Written by Bob Dylan (uncredited)
Performed by Red Hot Chili Peppers
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80s action flick, buddy comedy and a courtroom drama package
29 April 2020 | by simonesecciSee all my reviews

It's an enjoyable action flick overall. However it's also a buddy comedy and a courtroom drama quickly whisked together and served in one massive high protein shake. And that's its biggest downfall. Don't get me wrong I deeply enjoy the mindless entertainment of 80s "tough policemen" movies but the usual straightforwardness of a Schwarzenegger or a Stallone is lost here. An amazing cast (Sam Elliott, Peter Weller and Patricia Charbonneau) which would have done really well in any high budget Hollywood production, gets involved in all kinds of extravagant and adrenalin inducing events while distilling great acting throughout and keeping up with the highly energetic pace set by director James Glickenhaus. Not cohesive but if you're a fan of Lethal Weapon, 48 hrs or Tango and Cash it will serve you well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,017,800, 8 May 1988

Gross USA:

$10,068,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,068,039
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (PAL) | (PAL)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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