A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York City. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York City into a great war zone, and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.
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Maria Conchita Alonso,
Michael Joseph DeSare
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A thief, Quint, is hired by the Justice Department to steal incriminating tapes from a corrupt corporation. The tapes vanish when Quint hides them in the back of a hydrodynamic powered racing car that is stolen by a hot car ring.
Tommy Lee Jones,
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
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During the theater scene, there are three posters for The Soldier (1982) and one for The Exterminator (1980), both of which were also directed by James Glickenhaus. When Roland and Richie step outside, the bills says that the theater was also running A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) and The Hidden (1987) (the latter also featured Richard Brooks). See more »
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On its first run past the Australian classification board, the film was rated R. To garner a wider audience, Hoyts removed approx. 1 minute of footage so that the film could get an M rating. The footage removed included the "condom" scene with the old jailer, all references to homosexuality and snitches being "turned out", the scene outside the porno theater where the Nicky Carr's right-hand man guns down the bystanders after the cops and the Russian roulette scene in the police station. this footage was never reinstated for the film's VHS or subsequent DVD release. See more »
Enjoyably cliched 80s buddy cop film with more mullets than you can shake a stick at!
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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