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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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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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The Best Cop Money Can't Buy See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

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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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

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 »

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References Prince of Darkness (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Looking For Love
Performed by Nikki Ryder
Produced by Jonathan Elias
Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Elias and John Waite
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Violent film about police corruption and trials , being starred by two good actors
11 January 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

In a town where everyone is for sale , they're the best that money can buy . A legal attorney (Peter Weller) and a renegade cop (Sam Elliot) join forces to stop corrupt cops and against street scum . The overworked lawyer and the undercover cop team up but find serious difficulties from other corrupt police inspectors (Thomas G Waites) , a drug lord (Antonio Fargas) , dope dealers , and various street scum . Dalton's life is further complicated by the fact that his girlfriend (Blanche Baker) is pregnant and the prosecuting attorney (Patricia Charbonneau) is a prior lover ; then taking place the classic triangular drama .

This thriller movie contains suspense , noisy action-packed with no much sense , intrigue, and thrills galore . It's a brutal and controversial urban film plenty of car crashes , pursuits , trials , police corruption and many other things . Sam Elliot with his usual stoic acting displays efficiently his weapon , Magnum 44 , such as ¨Harry the Dirty¨ and killing mercilessly nasties . It's certainly exciting , though the morality may be questionable , even in this time, as the spectators were clearly on the Sam Elliott side . The movie provides fast and furious entertainment and action with no sense developing with agility , fast paced and movement . This thrilling story looks increasingly passionless and mechanical , though violence sometimes seems to be considered excessive . Nice acting by Sam Elliot as a renegade loner NYPD narcotics agent and Peter Weller as an obstinate advocate at law . Furthermore, it appears a great secondary cast full of known faces with brief interventions , such as Thomas G Waites , Paul Bartel as Night Court Judge , James Eckhouse , Holt McCallany , Kelly Rutherford , David Proval ,John Finn , William Prince , Harold Perrineau ,Shirley Stoler and John C. McGinley . Mediocre cinematography by John Lindley , though he subsequently photographed Field of dreams , You've a e-m@il (1998) , Pleasantville , Mr Brooks and other hits . Screeching and pulsing musical score by Jonathan Elias .

This moving motion picture in low budget was middlingly directed by James Glickenhaus , being born in New York City where he usually shoots his movies . Glickenhaus served as the chairman for the film company SGE Entertainment from 1987 to 1995; this company specialized in both making and distributing low-budget independent straight-to-video fare. He's an expert on violent action movies and so-so films as proved in ¨McBain¨, ¨The soldier¨ and this ¨Shakedown¨ . He's also directed a Jacke Chan vehicle titled ¨The protector¨ , the eerie thriller "Slaughter of the Innocents," and the attractive sci-fi romp "Timemaster¨ and of course the extremely violent , low-budgeted and successful 1980 movie , ¨The exterminator¨ , a cruel Vigilante drama . And James was the executive producer for the movies "Maniac Cop," "Frankenhooker," both "Basket Case" sequels, "Ring of Steel," and "Tough and Deadly" . Rating : Average , 5,5/10 but entertaining .


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