Saturday Matinee: Shakedown (aka Blue Jean Cop)

“Shakedown” (1988) is an action/crime drama written and directed by James Glickenhaus. Peter Weller and Sam Elliot star as Dalton (an idealistic lawyer) and Marks (a veteran cop) who team up to defend a low-level crack dealer who is framed to cover up a ring of crooked cops working for a drug lord. In the midst of his case, Dalton rekindles an affair with the prosecutor of the case Cantrell (Patricia Charbonneau), unbeknownst to his fiancée Gail (Blanche Baker).  Shakedown is one of the more enjoyable  and underrated low-budget action films of the 80s.

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