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stupid 80ies B-movie BUT .......


... Sam Elliot was just GREAT in some of his scenes.
For example, when he´s sleeping in the movie-theater.

And the scene when he tells about the love of his life and how he killed her dog is a diamond hidden in a pile of junk.
Sam Elliot would have deserved an own oscar, or even more a life-time-achievement-award for this scene only

There´s more acting, more experience in this one single scene than most actors show in all their movies together

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Sam Elliot's really an underrated talent. But, he seems to find work. It's too bad that the producers allowed that silly jet scene sequence get included in the movie. Shakedown probably could have been the film to get him the leading man status he deserves!





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I couldn't take my eyes off Elliot and Weller--they really held their scenes!
This NYC woman recommends Shakedown as a standout in its genre. The movie is a well-kept secret which took me 20 years to bump into on hulu.com I am smiling widely and all charged up or I'd never have known it existed.

It hits the spot, I tell you!

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"I couldn't take my eyes off Elliot and Weller--they really held their scenes!
This NYC woman recommends Shakedown as a standout in its genre. The movie is a well-kept secret which took me 20 years to bump into on hulu.com I am smiling widely and all charged up or I'd never have known it existed. It hits the spot, I tell you!"--TMD


Yeah, I completely agree. I'm really grateful that Hulu was created and I was given an opportunity to see this and many other eighties movies that website has made available.

I vaguely recall seeing this movie shot on 42nd street years ago. Many of the movies on those marques played in those theaters except the blatant marque titles of all of James Glickenhaus's earlier films. It's really bizarre looking at Shakedown and seeing a New York that is long gone. Times Square is pretty much the domain of Walt Disney. So, just seeing the backgrounds of a long gone era of New York makes this worth repeat viewings.




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Yes, this seemed like a snapshot of the waning days of Times Square before it became family friendly. I also love the marquees of the theaters: "Nightmare on Elm Street III" and "The Hidden" are playing at one (great double bill), plus all the imaginative titles at the XXX theaters.

I saw this in the theater in 1988 and liked it, and I like it even more now. Terrific film, great fun, and Weller and Elliott work well together.

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"Yes, this seemed like a snapshot of the waning days of Times Square before it became family friendly."--WarpedRecord


"waning days of Times Square..." That nails it on the head. The whole energy of Times Square was changing week to week back then. It was just a matter of time and everybody who I saw regularly in the area knew it. Now that whole "grind house experience' is written about in film history books and the younger generation can only imagine with envy what we took for granted. It's a damn shame!

But cities, like people, must and do change. It's just how it goes...










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You betcha. It almost looks like a decaying civilization or a Third World country. I guess Times Square was due for an upgrade, but it lost all of its gloriously seedly history in the process. Fortunately, I was able to visit Times Square in the mid-'80s before the face-lift – and I didn't have a lot of money, so I stayed at the Y. Good times.

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"You betcha. It almost looks like a decaying civilization or a Third World country. I guess Times Square was due for an upgrade, but it lost all of its gloriously seedy history in the process. Fortunately, I was able to visit Times Square in the mid-'80s before the face-lift – and I didn't have a lot of money, so I stayed at the Y. Good times. "--WarpedRecord


They were good times. I forgot to get that across on my other posts. No matter how "seedy" and dangerous it got, I always seemed to come back and watch movies on my weekends on Times Square. The element of mayhem seemed to just add to the entertainment. I think many others felt the same way, because I kept recognising the same people each and every week. There was almost, dare I say it, a community!













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