Shamus is a confusing, hardbiting meller of a tough private eye. Burt Reynolds plays a rough-hewn and alert character who has turned to private investigation in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood instead of laying in with the mob. Filming was done on actual locations, which lends an emphatic authenticity to backgrounds.

Shamus is a confusing, hardbiting meller of a tough private eye. Burt Reynolds plays a rough-hewn and alert character who has turned to private investigation in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood instead of laying in with the mob. Filming was done on actual locations, which lends an emphatic authenticity to backgrounds.

Star carries the narrative niftily as he’s called in by a multi-millionaire to ferret out the indentity of the person who bumped off a man who stole a fortune in diamonds owned by a tycoon. But thereafter scripter Barry Beckerman drags in an assortment of mostly-unexplained characters but some dandy rough work – and finales in a fine fog. Perhaps something was lost in translation to the screen.

Shamus

Production

Columbia/Weitman. Director Buzz Kulik; Producer Robert M. Weitman; Screenplay Barry Beckerman; Camera Victor J. Kemper; Editor Walter Thompson; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Philip Rosenberg

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

Burt Reynolds Dyan Cannon John Ryan Joe Santos Georgio Tozzi Ron Weyand
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