Sharky’s Machine (1981) This Machine Grows ‘Staches
"Street Life" is OK by me. (See also Jackie Brown.)
Movemeber, I really can’t go much further without talking specifically about Burt. I've always loved him, and I suppose my first exposure to him was in The Cannonball Run, one of my favorite movies of all time, or in Stroker Ace, a film that HBO could not play enough for my tastes as a child. Since then, I’ve seen almost everything he’s done from his Deliverance break though to his pre-’stache film with Sam Fuller, Shark, and all the way up to his comeback films, Striptease and Boogie Nights. I always enjoy Burt, and Sharky’s Machine is no exception. While the sensitive side of his performance might go a bit beyond where other actors would have taken it, Reynolds has the chops to make it feel even keeled. I won’t go so far as to say this is his finest film role, but it is right up there with the best. I don’t even recall a Burt cackle that Norm McDonald could impersonate in Sharky’s. Reynolds reins it in where he needs to, lets it go when he feels it, and still delivers a hell of a right hook.
P.S. The Mark Walberg remake that seems to be maybe happening. No, just no. Take your Funk Bunch and leave Sharky's Machine alone.