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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 way through the suspect list, he encounters such characters as an idiotic army colonel, C.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This tiresome private eye crime drama is what The Big Sleep would look like if it was dreck."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A must-see for the 70s icons alone -- Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon, and Morris the Cat!"
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"By the time the mysteries are solved, you won't only be confused; you simply won't care anymore."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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