Sharky's Machine (film)
name = Sharky's Machine
caption = Theatrical release poster
producer = Hank Moonjean
William Diehl Gerald Di Pego
Burt Reynolds Vittorio Gassman Rachel Ward Carol Locatell Brian Keith
cinematography = William A. Fraker
editing = William D. Gordean
released = December 18, 1981
runtime = 122 min
country = USA
language = English
amg_id = 1:44170
imdb_id = 0083064
"Sharky's Machine" is a 1981 motion picture directed by
Burt Reynolds. Reynolds also starred in the title role of Sgt Tom Sharky. The movie is an adaptationof William Diehl's first novel "Sharky's Machine" (1978), with a screenplayby Gerald Di Pego. Diehl, who was age fifty when he wrote the novel, saw the movie shot on location in and around his hometown of Atlanta, GA. Its cast included Vittorio Gassman, Brian Keith, Charles Durning, Earl Holliman, Rachel Ward, Bernie Casey, Henry Silva, and Richard Libertini.
It has been the most successful box-office release of a film directed by Burt Reynolds.
Tom Sharky is a narcotics cop in Atlanta who's demoted to vice after a botched bust. In the depths of this lowly division, while investigating a high-dollar prostitution ring, Sharky stumbles across a mob murder with government ties, and responds by assembling his downtrodden fellow investigators (Sharky's "machine") to find the leaders and bring them to justice before they kill off all his partners and witnesses, including Sharky himself.
At 220 feet, the
stuntfrom Atlanta's Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel still holds up as the highest free-fall stunt ever performed from a building for a commercially-released film. The stuntman was the legendary Dar Robinson. Despite it being a record-setting fall, only the briefest moment of the beginning of the fall is used in the movie. The bulk of the fall from the skyscraper as shown on film is clearly of a dummy.
A remake of the film is in production, directed by
Phil Joanouand produced by Mark Wahlberg, tentatively scheduled for a 2008 release. [cite web
title=The Burt Reynolds Movie Sharky's Machine Gets the Remake Treatment
*imdb title|id=0083064|title=Sharky's Machine
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