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A William Diehl novel was the source of the noirish nailbiter Sharky's Machine. Sharky (Burt Reynolds) is an undercover cop who fouls up an assignment and is kicked downstairs to the vice squad -- a rough-shod bunch of hellraisers who make life miserable. Soon, however, Sharky's life does a 180 when he encounters Dominoe (Rachel Ward) a prostitute seemingly in danger from her interaction with a number of very seedy thugs. To protect her, Sharky lines the high-rise apartment across from her residence with security cameras and surveillance equipment -- which only makes matters sticky as Sharky begins to fall in love with her. The film opened to a very warm critical reception (Janet Maslin observed that "Burt Reynolds establishes himself as yet another movie star who is as valuable behind the camera as he is in front of it"). It also features one of the most dangerous stunts on film, wherein the late stuntman Dar Robinson free falls from 16 stories off the ground. The "machine" of the title refers to Sharky's fellow cops, played by heavyweights Brian Keith, Charles Durning, Bernie Casey, and others.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2018
UPC: 0888574651701
Original Release: 1981
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:02:00
Sales rank: 19,469

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Reynolds Sharky
Vittorio Gassman Victor
Rachel Ward Dominoe
Bernie Casey Arch
Brian Keith Papa
Charles Durning Friscoe
Earl Holliman Hotchkins
Richard Libertini Nosh
Henry Silva Billy
Darryl Hickman Smiley
Hari (Harry) Rhodes Highball
John Fiedler Barrett
James O'Connell Twigs
John Arthur Pusher
Weaver Levy Chin 2
Joe Mascolo Joe Tipps
Carol Locatell Mabel
Val Avery Man with Siakwan
Suzee Pai Siakwan
Aarika Wells Tiffany
Tony King Kitten
Danny Inosanto Chin 1
Glynn Rubin Pregnant Woman
Bennie Moore Bus Driver
Elaine Falone Hooker with Mabel
Terrayne Crawford Woman
J. Don Ferguson Rally Emcee
Monica Kaufman Newscaster
Danny Nelson Man with Mabel
Lamar Jackson Boots
Allison Caine Voice Only
William Diehl Percy

Technical Credits
Burt Reynolds Director
Phillip Abramson Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Barrett Stunts
Capps Score Composer
Ken Chase Makeup
Tom Ellingwood Makeup
David R. Ellis Stunts
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
William D. Gordean Editor
Walter Scott Herndon Production Designer
Buddy Joe Hooker Stunts
Joe Kenworthy Sound/Sound Designer
Terry Liebling Casting
Hank Moonjean Producer
Gerald Di Pego Screenwriter
Benjamin Rosenberg Asst. Director,Producer
Norman Salling Costumes/Costume Designer
Bobby Sargent Stunts
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Teets Associate Producer
Dennis Virkler Editor
Glenn Wilder Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sharky's Machine
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [6:10]
2. Chapter 2 [9:50]
3. Chapter 3 [11:06]
4. Chapter 4 [7:20]
5. Chapter 5 [8:37]
6. Chapter 6 [9:02]
7. Chapter 7 [6:10]
8. Chapter 8 [3:55]
9. Chapter 9 [4:39]
10. Chapter 10 [9:32]
11. Chapter 11 [7:38]
12. Chapter 12 [9:26]
13. Chapter 13 [9:46]
14. Chapter 14 [6:37]
15. Chapter 15 [8:27]
16. Chapter 16 [3:17]

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