Shamus (1973)



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Burt Reynolds is smooth and smart-alecky Brooklyn private detective Shamus McCoy in Buzz Kulik's jokey attempt to update Howard Hawk's The Big Sleep to a 1970s sensibility. The case McCoy becomes involved in concerns the steely multi-millionaire E. J. Hume (Ronald Weyland), who hires McCoy to find some stolen diamonds. After getting waylaid by some thugs and a hot pursuit over the roofs of buildings, McCoy discovers that Hume is involved in exporting government arms illegally. As he sashays his … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Barry Beckerman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2002



as Alexis

as Col. Hardcore

as Lt. Promuto

as Il Dottore

as E.J. Hume

as Springy

as The Kid

as Bookstore Girl

as Johnnie Bronston

as Felix Montaigne

as Bookie

as Doorman

as Grifter

as Hatcheck Girl

as Booky

as Hardnose

as Detective
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Critic Reviews for Shamus

All Critics (10) | 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… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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This tiresome private eye crime drama is what The Big Sleep would look like if it was dreck.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A must-see for the 70s icons alone -- Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon, and Morris the Cat!

Full Review… | January 28, 2005

Audience Reviews for Shamus


Why has this film faded into semi obscurity? It's great.
First of all, Burt Reynolds is one of the best action heroes ever. Forget your physical specimens of the 80s to present, Burty has the build of a normal dude, he gets tired, hung over, physically overtaken, but he's clever as hell. It's seeing him struggle through action sequences that makes them so exciting in this flick. Not to mention he's his smarmy self, and bit of a womanizer at that, but I mean, it was the 70s. Think of him as a bubbling Shaft, but less so than Elliott Gould's Marlowe in the Long Goodbye.
Added to all this you have an intriguing story, and some strange, yet amusing characters and situations. Not to forget a great and appropriate score from Jerry Goldsmith.
Almost needless to say: this one stands out.

Patrick Dolan

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