Sharky's Machine | Chicago Reader

Sharky's Machine

Burt Reynolds showed signs of becoming a very personal filmmaker with this police thriller, his third outing as a director. It has the wistful faith in innocence and the extreme moral outrage of Gator coupled with the subversive infantilism of The End; what Reynolds lacks in technique (which is plenty) is nearly compensated for by the almost embarrassing intensity of his feelings. Here, he's a lonely vice cop who falls for the prostitute he's wiretapping. The context is extremely violent, which makes the intimate moments—between Reynolds and the girl and Reynolds and his buddies—stand out in agonizingly stark relief. With Vittorio Gassman, Brian Keith, Charles Durning, Bernie Casey, and Henry Silva.

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