Shakedown (1988 film)

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Shakedown film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Glickenhaus
Produced by J. Boyce Harman Jr.
Written by James Glickenhaus
Starring Peter Weller
Sam Elliott
Patricia Charbonneau
Antonio Fargas
Blanche Baker
Music by Jonathan Elias
Cinematography John Lindley
Edited by Paul Fried[disambiguation needed]
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • May 6, 1988 (1988-05-06)
Running time
112 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million
Box office $10,068,039

Shakedown (also known in international markets as Blue Jean Cop) is a 1988 crime drama/action movie starring Peter Weller and Sam Elliott. The movie is about an idealistic lawyer teaming with a veteran cop to find out the truth in a possible police corruption scandal.


Roland Dalton (Weller) is a burned-out, mild-mannered Manhattan public defender, his last case before leaving legal aid is crack dealer Michael Jones (Richard Brooks), accused of shooting to death police officer Patrick O'Leary in Central Park. According to Jones, the shooting was in self-defence and that officer O'Leary was a 'Blue Jean Cop' (an opportunistic police officer who robs drug dealers).

Being a 'creature of habit', Dalton seeks the truth to his mysterious case and looks to Richie Marks (Sam Elliott), a renegade loner NYPD narcotics agent. Dalton realizes the prosecutor in his last case is a former love interest, the smart and sexy Susan Cantrell (Patricia Charbonneau). Throughout the trial Roland rekindles this former affair with Susan unbeknown to his fiancée Gail (Blanche Baker).

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