Shamus (1973)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy Thriller, Detective Film  |   Release Date - Feb 5, 1973 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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This detective-themed action-adventure film spoofs The Big Sleep, which was based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Burt Reynolds plays McCoy, a hard-nosed private detective. The story has more tangles than a bowl of spaghetti, but it begins when McCoy is called to the house of Hume (Ron Weyand), an eccentric diamond dealer, and is given the task of recovering some stolen gems. McCoy is beaten by a gang of thugs to warn him off the job, and this lets him know that he's onto something really big. By the end of the film, McCoy will have hooked up with a gorgeous blonde (Dyan Cannon), driven a tank through a warehouse wall, and delivered numerous crooks to the police.

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jewel-robbery, escape, gangster, robbery, chase, con/scam, killing, police