Sharky's Machine (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sharky's Machine (1981)




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In this noirish nailbiter, Sharky is an undercover cop who is kicked downstairs to the vice squad. The disgraced cop holds gang leader Vittorio Gassman responsible for his demotion. While consigned to Vice, Sharky organizes a highly trained group of men willing to take on cases that others avoid.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Gerald Di Pego
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 20, 1998


Burt Reynolds
as Sgt. Tom Sharky
Vittorio Gassman
as Victor Scorelli
Rachel Ward
as Dominoe
Earl Holliman
as Hotchkins
Henry Silva
as Billy Score
as Highball
Joseph Mascolo
as Joe Tipps
Hari Rhodes
as Highball Mary
John Fiedler
as Barrett
Val Avery
as Det. Ted Roper
Joe Mascolo
as Joe Tipps
Suzee Pai
as Siakwan
Arika Wells
as Tiffany
Tony King
as Kitten
Aarika Wells
as Tiffany
Dan Inosanto
as Chin #1
Weaver Levy
as Chin #2
Glynn Rubin
as Pregnant Woman
Glynn Ruben
as Pregnant Woman
Bennie Moore
as Bus Driver
Gayle Davis
as Bus Rider
Atim Kweli
as Bus Rider
Brenda Bynum
as Aging Hooker
Gus Mann
as Flasher
Mary Beth Busbee
as Woman at Garden Part...
J. Don Ferguson
as Rally Emcee
Monica Kaufman
as Newscaster
Dave Michaels
as Newscaster
Wes Sarginson
as Newscaster
Forrest Sawyer
as Newscaster
Colonel Beach
as Security Officer
Danny Nelson
as Man with Mabel
Sue Cockrell
as Victor's Girl
Lisa Marie Hall
as Victor's Girl
Pam Newman
as Victor's Girl
April Reed
as Victor's Girl
Susan Williamson
as Victor's Girl
Diana Szlosberg
as Girl with Kitten
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Critic Reviews for Sharky's Machine

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Would be laughable if not for its intensity of romanticism

Full Review… | April 1, 2010

A tough, gritty and occasionally sadistic police thriller with director/star Burt Reynolds in peak form.

October 10, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Sharky's Machine


This cop movie has a lot of action and excitement, and it's got good cinematography. I was surprised that Reynolds directed it himself. Did anyone else notice that they stole the love story from the movie Laura (1944)? That was the only thing that distracted me from the rest of the story. Reynolds does a pretty good job as a cop, but the performance I liked most was Silva, he is so creepy! Overall, this movie is pretty good, if you like action packed cop thrillers, see it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Burt Reynold's Direct's and star's in this great Cop film, Reynold's play's the Sharkey of the title, who is a tough cop whilst working in undercover a drug bust goes wrong, and is demoted to vice,

The machine of the title refer's to the motley crew Reynold's's assemble's to bring down a crooked governor who is involved in high class prostitution Cocaine and contract murder,

The motley crew is played by Brian Keith, Blackploitaion favorite Bernie Casey, Richard Libertini,(as alway's quirky as an ace sounds-man) Charle's Durning, as the chief, The beautiful English rose Rachael Ward play's Dominoe a $1000 dollar's a night hooker whom Reynold's's protect's and eventually fall's for, When staking out an apartment used by the governor.

Italian actor Vittorio Gassman, play's the High stake's pimp, who has a deadly gang of triad's at his disposal, And Henry DeSilva, play's His psychotic brother hit man who is highly strung On prescription painkiller's and angel Dust,

The action packed finale see's the remaining member's of the 'Machine' Engaged in a deadly shootout with Desilva, which culminate's in one the Most spectacular stunt's ever put to Celluloid,

Alas Hollywood has ran out of idea's and is contemplating a remake of Sharky's Machine! Why bother a 25th Anniversary Special Edition DVD would be ideal, not a silly ass remake,

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

This is good cop thriller of what Burt Reynolds ever made. It's exciting, suspenseful, funny, and intelligent, so good it joins 48 Hrs., Dirty Harry, and Tightrope as the best of the genre.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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