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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

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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Taglines:

The Best Cop Money Can't Buy See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

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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Quotes

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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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 Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Purple Haze
Written by Jimi Hendrix (uncredited)
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of A.R.M.B.Y.
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Enjoyably cliched 80s buddy cop film with more mullets than you can shake a stick at!
9 April 2018 | by a_chinnSee 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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