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Shamus (1973)

Millions in diamonds are stolen from a safe in NYC and later the burglar is killed. Shamus is paid $10,000 by the owner to find the diamonds or killer.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writer:

Barry Beckerman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Shamus McCoy
Dyan Cannon ... Alexis Montaigne
John P. Ryan ... Col.Hardcore
Joe Santos ... Lt. Promuto
Giorgio Tozzi Giorgio Tozzi ... Dottore
Ron Weyand Ron Weyand ... E.J. Hume
Larry Block Larry Block ... Springy
Beeson Carroll Beeson Carroll ... Bolton
Kevin Conway ... The Kid
Kay Frye Kay Frye ... Bookstore Girl
John Glover ... Johnnie
Merwin Goldsmith ... Schnook
Melody Santangello Melody Santangello ... First Woman (as Melody Santangelo)
Irving Selbst Irving Selbst ... Heavy
Alex Wilson ... Felix Montaigne
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Storyline

New York private eye Shamus McCoy likes girls, drink and gambling, but by the look of his flat business can't be too hot. So an offer of $10,000 to finds some diamonds stolen in a daring raid with a flame-thrower is too good to miss. His investigations soon get pretty complicated and rather too dangerous. At least along the way he does get to meet Alexis. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Passion for Danger See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Publicity for this picture declared that star Burt Reynolds performed all of his own stunts on the movie. However, one of Reynolds' stunts was apparently performed by actor-stuntman Charlie Picerni, who portrayed Thug #2 as billed in the closing credits, according to a review published in the 29th January 1973 edition of the 'Box' publication. See more »

Goofs

When McCoy enters the shipping room at the warehouse, the border pattern on the front of the glass panel does not match that seen through from the rear. The two verticals over the PP in SHIPPING should be visible through the frosted glass, but there is a horizontal join instead. See more »

Quotes

Shamus McCoy: She doesn't need protection, she's flat chested.
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Quite effective Reynolds offering.
7 September 2018 | by alexanderdavies-99382See all my reviews

"Shamus" is one of the more obscure movies from Burt Reynolds. Obtaining it on DVD is not an easy task, nor was it available on video for long. Regardless, this is a pretty good film. The pace is quite tight, there is a sense of style about the production and Burt Reynolds oozes with sexual charisma. He plays a private eye who is employed for a job that pays $10,000. He realises that it's all too good to be true. Sure enough, the bad guys begin appearing and problems soon arise....... "Shamus" was one of the most violent films at this stage of Reynolds's career. Some of the death scenes leave little to the imagination. This feels more like an up to date version of some of those 1940s Film Noir productions. I'd call it an affectionate tribute. The script could have been a bit more descriptive at times, plus the story seems a bit on the confusing side.


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