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  • Shamus [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Shamus [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FD9M
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 26 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
Burt Reynolds' private detective is employed to find out why a jewellery thief was incinerated (by flame~thrower!!!), whilst laying in bed. Not only that, but also, just what happened to all the loot.
From there Reynolds beats the streets (and some undesirables) trying to find out just what's going on, while the story gets more complicated, and Burt unfortunately finds that he needs to apply an entire tube of wig glue, so that it doesn't fly off, when he's called in to do a few stunts escaping the villains...

Not seen this for ages and last night I rediscovered some good and some bad during the viewing, but mostly I enjoyed it. The plot's boring which is a major downside, and some of the backwards/forwards interactions tend to get dull and repetitive, overly complicating what's there too.. but overall it's not a bad little detective movie. Some of the action is quite vicious with Burt both taking and receiving a couple of brutal beatings, and some of the stunts and chase segments are fairly exciting, with one stunt in particular looking like it could easily have broken the neck/back of Reynolds' game stunt double.
The other highlights coming by way of a few scuzzy, quirky characters and the cold locations they inhabit, like John P. Ryan as the clearly insane Col. Hardcore, giving it everything for the 5 minutes he's allowed on screen, or Irving Selbst's 'Heavy' character in his "f****t movie star" glasses! Which is just one example of the many lines of 'fun' dialogue to be had.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
Burt Reynolds made so many bad films at the peak of his stardom that it's always a pleasant surprise to come across one that isn't a turkey. Not that 1973's Shamus is a great movie, but it's good enough to keep boredom away for an hour-and-a-half. It's an update on 40s private eye films without much of the wit or complex twisting plotting but with added violence - when his sports-stat obsessed informant can't dig up anything, Reynolds' idea of detection generally seems to be beating up hoods for information. And his ex-cop is a distinctly low-rent gumshoe who sleeps on a pool table (easier to keep score that way) and co-opts a portly bar-owner into acting as his secretary to save on the cost of running an office, while the film puts a 70s spin on many of the genre standbys - there's even a scene where he seduces a girl in a bookstore across the road from a club he wants to keep under surveillance a la The Big Sleep. The plot doesn't hang together terribly well, with the plot progressing almost accidentally and scenes sometimes seeming put in almost random order as if they never got round to filming the whole script, but there are a couple of good action scenes, a warehouse chase the highlight, a cool Jerry Goldsmith score that's a 70s cousin to his 60s Our Man Flint and Man From U.N.C.L.E. scores and a curious namecheck for Walter Hill in the bookstore scene that hints at an uncredited rewrite job. Disposable stuff and a lot less fun than Finney and Frears' Gumshoe, with which it shares a MacGuffin, but it gets the job done well enough.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lou Knee on 21 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
A lovely tongue in cheek take on the macho private eye cult, with Reynolds showing he has as much humour as raw machismo. This was a witty screenplay with some solid scenes, and is just a memorable movie. Excellent, and high time it was released in Region 2 - Are you listening, studios?
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Atheist Smeghead on 31 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
I watched this movie because I thought it was about an Irish monk, but it turned out to be about a private dick. I was a bit disappointed. But, you know, that's just, like, my opinion, man.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Good PI Offering & One Of Reynolds Best 5 Nov. 2004
By MF Regan - Published on
Format: DVD
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!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Burt in top form 1 Jan. 2001
By jon sieruga - Published on
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Forties retread with Seventies violence... 13 Jan. 2007
By Roberto Frangie - Published on
Format: DVD
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...
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Politically Incorrect 70's Cool 30 Jan. 2011
By Snozberry - Published on
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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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Respectable cheese 23 May 2001
By James P. Hunt - Published on
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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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