Watch Now: SHAKEDOWN
In his last case before quitting, a calm, hard-working public defender has to defend a crack dealer accused of killing a police officer. When the dealer claims it was done in self-defense and that the police officer was a “blue jean cop”, a dirty cop who robs drug dealers, the lawyer teams up with a renegade loner NYPD narcotics agent and decides to expose the widespread corruption in the force. The situation is further complicated by the fact that the prosecutor trying to put the dealer behind bars is the lawyer’s former love interest, and it seems neither of them is fully over one another.
Written and directed by James Glickenhaus (The Exterminator, The Protector) and starring Peter Weller and Sam Elliott, Shakedown – also known in international markets as Blue Jean Cop – got not only decent box office results, but also well-earned praise from the critics. Roger Ebert said the director showed a “tremendous amount of craftsmanship and skill”, Gene Siskel called it a “rollicking, thrilling and funny police picture” and stated “a picture this much fun can keep a movie lover happy for a week”, while the LA Times wrote Shakedown was “terse, fast-moving and atmospheric”.