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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael Jones
... Patrick O'Leary
George Loros ... Officer Varelli
... Officer Kelly (as Tom Waites)
... Dr. Watson
... Ruben
... Roland Dalton
... Gail Feinberger
... Sean Phillips (as John McGinley)
... Susan Cantrell
... Irma
Walter Flanagan ... Prison Guard
... Dean Howland
... Big Leroy (as Judd Henry Baker)
... Richie Marks
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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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When the bad guys have taken over... and the good guys are the worst of all... Whatever you do, don't call the cops. See more »


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6 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Blue Jean Cop  »

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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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Peter Weller and Sam Elliott initially did not get along. As filming progressed, however, tensions smoothed out when Elliott came to support Weller's participation in the 1987 New York City Marathon, and because the two actors had the same agent. See more »

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Roland Dalton: Once upon a time all I planned to do was play the tenor sax. Forever. That's it. Fillsville, man. But my dad and everybody said I was a sap, there was no money in it, so I go to law school, and I am here now, gone from another place. But I could play the tenor sax all day and all night. Everything was possible. And I was very certain that at any moment, I was going to find the love of my life.
Richie Marks: The love of your life?
Roland Dalton: Yeah.
Richie Marks: I met the love of my life once. Only I killed her dog before I got a ...
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References Howling III (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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Enjoyably cliched 80s buddy cop film with more mullets than you can shake a stick at!
9 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

I don't think I'd seen this film since it originally came out in the theater. I remember thinking it was pretty ridiculous then, but it's aged better than I'd expected, mainly thanks to it's cast, the use of actual NYC locations, and 80s action film nostalgia value. Peter Weller plays a groovy lawyer and Sam Elliott plays a renegade narcotics detective. It's a cliche ridden story of Weller and Elliott then face off against drug dealers, corrupt police officers, and other assorted low-lifes. The script by writer/director James Glickenhaus is pretty awful, but his action sequences are serviceable. In the film's favor is the fun pairing of Elliott and Weller and also the use of grimy pre-Giuliani NYC locations, including one action sequence filmed at 42nd Street in Times Square when it was still a den of go-go bars, peep shows, and adult theaters. It was certainly a good thing that Giuliani cleaned up the streets of NYC, but when it comes to movies filmed in The Big Apple, I have a fond affection for films like "The Warriors", "Maniac", "Gloria", "C.H.U.D.", "Black Caesar", "Across 110th Street", "Combat Shock", or even Glickenhaus' own "The Exterminator" which all prominently featured the seedy side of the city that never sleeps. Also in the film's favor is that it featured more mullets than any recent action film I can think of outside of "Roadhouse". Overall, "Shakedown" is a highly routine buddy cop picture to the degree of being a genre stereotype, but it has enough positives to be enjoyed by fans of these sorts of films.


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