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Sharky's Machine (18-Dec-1981)

Director: Burt Reynolds

Writer: Gerald Di Pego

From novel by: William Diehl

Keywords: Crime

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Val Avery
14-Jul-1924 12-Dec-2009 The Anderson Tapes
Bernie Casey
8-Jun-1939 20-Sep-2017 NFL wide receiver turned actor
Charles Durning
28-Feb-1923 24-Dec-2012 The Muppet Movie
John Fiedler
3-Feb-1925 25-Jun-2005 Voice of Piglet
Vittorio Gassman
1-Sep-1922 29-Jun-2000 The Great War
Darryl Hickman
28-Jul-1931   The Happy Years
Earl Holliman
11-Sep-1928   The Rainmaker
Brian Keith
14-Nov-1921 24-Jun-1997 Uncle Bill on Family Affair
Richard Libertini
21-May-1933 7-Jan-2016 The In-Laws
Burt Reynolds
11-Feb-1936 6-Sep-2018 Moustached Cannonball Run actor
Henry Silva
15-Sep-1928   The Manchurian Candidate
Rachel Ward
12-Sep-1957   The Thorn Birds


Review by Ned (posted on 3-Jun-2007)

Harry Callahan does Atlanta starring Burt Reynolds. It got the nod from Clint in a memo to Burt when it came out (allegedly) so get that Smokey & The Bandit crap out of your head before you see it. I'm a musician and the first thing I love about it is the soundtrack. Doc Severinsen and a ton of Jazz Royalty populate it. All the actors were friends of Reynolds and the onscreen chemistry shows. Charles Durning is a standout by taking the irritable Police Captain cliche and driving it so over the top it's hysterical. The plot convolutions are very detailed (it wouldn't cut it today, where you just need a big balloon that says "bad guy" over the bad guy, writing hasn't been as bad for action movies-a comment on demographic driven movie making in my opinion-since they made bad guys wear black hats)so pay attention. It's not a passive "watch". There are some good one liner's in it. My favorite (being from a southern city that's overrun by carpetbaggers who drag their real estate liquidity with them from elsewhere thereby creating an economic underclass out of the native population, but shall go unnamed): "I'm gonna pull the chain on you pal. And do you wanna know why? You're F***ing up my CITY! And you wanna know the worst part? You're from outta STATE........"

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