Shakedown (1988)

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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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 6, 1988
DVD Release Date: June 15, 1998
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

A rollicking, thrilling and funny police picture that makes "Beverly Hills Cop" and its sequel look as if they were photographed in slow motion.

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James Christopher
Time Out

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Routine but absurd crime film.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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

TV Guide

Glickenhaus establishes a movie universe in which just about anything can happen and horribly obvious plot devices simply don't matter.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Lafe Fredbjornson
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… More
Anthony Valletta
Good story highlights this well done 80's action movie.
Dean McKenna
An implausible action pic with Weller and Elliott investigating corruption in the Manhattan Police department, setting up some amazing stuntwork along the way.
John Ballantine
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… More