Sharky's Machine (18-Dec-1981)
Director: Burt Reynolds
Writer: Gerald Di Pego
From novel by: William Diehl
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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