Shakedown (1988)



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Movie Info

In this complicated crime drama, Roland Dalton (Peter Weller) is an attorney who must defend a drug dealer who claims he killed in self defense. His worthy opponent is his former flame Susan Cantrell (Patricia Charbonneau), now an effective career-minded prosecuting attorney. Richie Marks (Sam Elliott) is the detective who anticipates that legal prosecution will finally close the book on this case.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: James Glickenhaus
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 15, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


as Richie Marks

as Roland Dalton

as Susan Cantrell

as Gail Feinberger

as Michael Jones

as Patrick O'Leary

as Officer Varelli

as Officer Kelly

as Officer Kelly

as Dr. Watson

as Sean Phillips

as Prison Guard

as Dean Howland

as Mrs. O'Leary

as Mrs. O'Leary

as Nicky Carr

as Speaker's Voice

as Night Court Judge

as Steve Rosen

as Carr's Lady

as Bartender

as Police Officer

as Judge Maynard

as Jury Foreman

as Court Clerk

as Mr. Feinberger

as Race Car Driver

as Mastrangelo

as Desk Sergeant

as Cab Driver

as Roadblock Officer

as 1st Officer

as Mrs. Feinberger

as Dr. Watson

as Teenage Boy #1

as Teenage Boy #2

as Teenage Girl #1

as Teenage Girl #2

as TV Watcher

as TV Watcher

as Michael Jones
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Critic Reviews for Shakedown

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (6)

A rollicking, thrilling and funny police picture that makes "Beverly Hills Cop" and its sequel look as if they were photographed in slow motion.

Full Review… | May 21, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The problem with routine crime and law enforcement fantasies of this kind is that their vague stabs at authenticity are completely subverted by action sequences that belong in Road Runner cartoons.

Full Review… | May 21, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Mindlessly enjoyable escapist fare in which a courtroom drama is enlivened by intercutting it with a couple of wholly improbable but spectacular chases in--and above--New York.

Full Review… | May 21, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This heady mix of sleaze and comic book heroes smacks of big box office bucks and a long life on the video shelf. There ain't many better accolades than that.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

In ''Shakedown,'' something fancy happens every 15 minutes or so, which is part of what makes the whole film so unremarkable.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's an assembly of sensational moments, strung together by a plot that provides the excuses for amazing stunts, and not much else. But then not much else is needed.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Shakedown


A good old slice of 80's action! It?s one of the cheesiest film I?ve seen and is quite laughable in places, but that is all part of the magic. That ending with Sam Elliott hanging on to the wheel of an aeroplane, absolutely brilliant! It?s UK title is Blue Jean Cop, which is much better don?t you think?

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

A hilarious buddy action film with Peter Weller and Sam Elliot, fighting corruption in the police force and crazy drug thugs in New York city. Fun action sequences and dialogue keep the scenes flowing. It's a hoot to watch, feels very 1980's, and has high enough budget to keep the chases, shootouts and explosions spectacular. Sam and Peter play it interestingly enough to make it a fun movie. I laughed many times throughout, especially at the depiction of the drug and sex dens they entered.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

An implausible action pic with Weller and Elliott investigating corruption in the Manhattan Police department, setting up some amazing stuntwork along the way.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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