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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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Burt is Sharky. Nobody leans on Sharky's Machine! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

18 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sharky's Machine 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

Third theatrical feature film directed by Burt Reynolds. The first two movies had been Gator (1976) and The End (1978) and the next picture Reynolds directed would be Stick (1985). See more »

Goofs

On the boat, Smiley tells Sharky, "When you went to see the man, you really pissed him off... you should have just turned[Dominoe] in. She'd be dead, but Nosh, Jo Jo and all your friends would be alive." But the way the movie is edited, Nosh and Jo Jo were killed before Sharkey went to see Victor to tell him Dominoe is still alive. See more »

Quotes

Smiley: Paco?
[Asian thug shows off some butterfly knife flipping in front of Sharky]
Sharky: What is he auditioning for a job at Benihana's?
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 6 minutes from this film for its 1984 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

References Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Route 66
Performed by The Manhattan Transfer
by Bobby Troup (as B. Troup)
Courtesy Atlantic Records
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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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