Shakedown (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Shakedown (1988)



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In this complicated crime drama, a public defender teams up with a New York undercover detective to clean up the streets and the corruption in their own departments.

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Sam Elliott
as Richie Marks
Peter Weller
as Roland Dalton
Patricia Charbonneau
as Susan Cantrell
Blanche Baker
as Gail Feinberger
Richard Brooks (VI)
as Michael Jones
Jude Ciccolella
as Patrick O'Leary
Thomas G. Waites
as Officer Kelly
George Loros
as Officer Varelli
Tom Waites
as Officer Kelly
Daryl Edwards
as Dr. Watson
John C. McGinley
as Sean Phillips
Walter Flanagan
as Prison Guard
Walter Bobbie
as Dean Howland
Kathryn Rossetter
as Mrs. O'Leary
Kathy Rossetter
as Mrs. O'Leary
Antonio Fargas
as Nicky Carr
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Speaker's Voice
Paul Bartel
as Night Court Judge
James Eckhouse
as Steve Rosen
Sheila Johnson
as Carr's Lady
John Finn
as Bartender
Buddy Van Horn
as Police Officer
Augusta Dabney
as Judge Maynard
Frank Colangelo
as Jury Foreman
William Gleason
as Court Clerk
William Prince
as Mr. Feinberger
Dominic Marcus
as Race Car Driver
Ronald Maccone
as Mastrangelo
Dick Boccelli
as Desk Sergeant
Tom Mardirosian
as Cab Driver
Holt McCallany
as Roadblock Officer
Leland J. Eller
as 1st Officer
Marya D. Dornya
as Mrs. Feinberger
Darryl Edwards
as Dr. Watson
James Kruk
as Teenage Boy #1
Kevin Ruskin
as Teenage Boy #2
Kim Plumridge
as Teenage Girl #1
Stacey Heinz
as Teenage Girl #2
Karl Taylor
as TV Watcher
Kelly Rutherford
as TV Watcher
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Critic Reviews for Shakedown

All Critics (9) | 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.

May 21, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

May 21, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

May 21, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

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

May 20, 2003

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shakedown

I can remember someone seeing this in the day and noting that a particular car was cool. Sorry I missed that. It might have warranted giving this movie a full star. If you want more cheesy, listen to the title track on the soundtrack.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Good story highlights this well done 80's action movie.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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