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Shamus (1973)

Burt Reynolds , Dyan Cannon , Buzz Kulik  |  PG |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon, John P. Ryan, Joe Santos, Giorgio Tozzi
  • Directors: Buzz Kulik
  • Writers: Barry Beckerman
  • Producers: Jim Di Gangi, Robert Weitman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FD9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shamus" on IMDb

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In this loose parody of Raymond Chandler's THE BIG SLEEP, the Brooklyn private eye visits the estate of a wealthy diamond merchant who tells him that some diamonds have been stolen and promises the private eye 10 grand if he finds them. There are lots of twists and turns as the private eye checks out leads on the case.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good PI Offering & One Of Reynolds Best November 5, 2004
This movie happened just as Burt Reynold's star was starting to shine. It was before he got caught in formula driven audience (of the time) pleasers, and it's an example of one of the things he did best. You can add this to Deliverance, Sharkey's Machine and Starting Over as the ones he hit out of the park.

It updates the down and out private investigator tale, and it does it with a gritty, contemporary style. Reynolds is believable, witty and tough (his stuntman days kick in here and much of what we see on screen- including that fall, is him).

The story is well crafted (and pre-Iran/Contra- which make it really interesting- the 'sales pitch scene' at the army base being priceless). It came and went pretty fast in the theatres but it had some real style that was overlooked. The lines are witty: " Why did you pick me? " " You weren't the first choice. " " Oh... 2nd or 3rd? " " No... the 56th. " " Next time lie, okay? "

Dyan Cannon balances Reynolds, and the rest of the support cast play the mood out well. Jerry Goldsmith's score gave it a real bounce, too. Morris the Cat from the famous old commercials even does a guest stint as Reynold's cat (no voice overs, though), and the film offers an interesting example of how diverse a pool table can be!

If you didn't like Reynold's work, watch this and you'll like him in this. If you did like him... watch this and enjoy what he did best. This is a good PI picture with a story that had some reality to it. It makes you laugh but gets you nervous about whose minding the store at your local army base!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Burt in top form January 1, 2001
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Burt Reynolds gets beat up so much in this film, it's a wonder he can make love to Dyan Cannon on top of a pool table mid-movie! A convoluted action-genre exercise designed to show off it's star, and Reynolds is very low-key, self-depreciating, and sexy in his Cosmo-pin-up era. Dyan Cannon looks even better, though she's given little to do as a woman involved second-hand in a murder. Pretty good for a one-time viewing, but I wouldn't buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Politically Incorrect 70's Cool January 29, 2011
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Burt Reynolds is McCoy, a private detective that seduces women, roughs up lowlifes and sleeps on a pool table. The plot is a contrived mix of Raymond Chandler and Shaft, but no matter. Burt is bringing the cool and the pleasures in this movie are derived from straight-banging, unapologetic machismo. A flick like this could not be made today without major compromises. McCoy would be softer, more boyish looking, fully in touch with his feelings. In short, he wouldn't be allowed to strangle people with chains to obtain information. Shamus is admittedly an odd mixture of hard action and light humor, and the ending is a mad scramble, but fans of hard edged 70's Burt vehicles like The Longest Yard and White Lightning should respond to it. And it goes very well with pizza and beer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Respectable cheese May 23, 2001
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If you have a weakness for early seventies/sexist/private eye B movies like me, this is about as good as it gets. It's not especially believable, but it takes itself less seriously than most modern superthrillers, i.e. Die Hards, Lethal Weapons. Actually, Reynolds gives a pretty good performance. Self deprecating, funny and, (seriously) believably tough. I don't think he lost his perspective until Smokey and the Bandit. Shamus is very much a product of its time; his character beds three different women in the course of the film, something that Hollywood now only allows in French farces and James Bond films.
I liked Dyan Cannon in the film. She didn't have a whole lot to do as "the girl" in the film, but she did bring a certain amount of class to the role. The romance between her and Reynolds was believable. It's somewhat sad, because were the film made today, she would likely have been, at around 33, too old to play the part of the girl. Instead, they'd seek out someone like Rachel Leigh Cook or other nineteen year old babe which would make for a rather unbelievable romantic subtext. Such are the feminist advances Hollywood has made.
Good score by Jerry Goldsmith, too. Good entertainment for a cold winter night.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Forties retread with Seventies violence... January 12, 2007
In "Shamus," Burt Reynolds is a New York private eye afraid of big dogs and keeps a beautiful ginger cat...

He lives in a single room and sleeps on a pool table... He is quite capable of pushing a heroin addict's face into the garbage... He is certainly the 1970's version - almost in comic-strip - of the private investigator...

Reynolds lives cheaply, yet is hired to pursue a theft of diamonds; he is big and sexy, and the gorgeous Dyan Cannon is only too happy to dally with him at the drop of a clue; and he is apparently so tough that he can take all manner of beatings and emerge unscathed...

It is doubtful if he is the sort of man one would want to introduce to one's maiden aunt (the one with all the money), but he is certainly a character to fulfill all the audience's fantasies of violence, sex and thrills...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shamus July 5, 2006
One of Burt Reynolds Action classics from the 70's

Burt is a private eye, who gets it really hot....something he did'nt suspect...i'll gladly recomend this movie....
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