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Sharky's Machine

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Sharky's Machine
Sharkys machine ver2.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Burt Reynolds
Release Date 1981
Language English
Studio Deliverance Productions
Distributor Orion Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sharky Burt Reynolds
Dominoe Rachel Ward
Victor Vittorio Gassman
Papa Brian Keith
Friscoe Charles Durning
Hotchkins Earl Holliman
Arch Bernie Casey
Billy Score Henry Silva
Highball Murray Hari Rhodes

Sharky's Machine is a 1981 neo-noir action thriller film directed by Burt Reynolds, who stars in the title role. It was the third feature directed by Burt Reynolds and was filmed on location in Atlanta, Georgia in the winter and spring of 1981. It was a modest box office hit at the time, but is now considered to be one of Reynolds better films.

The following weapons were used in the film Sharky's Machine:



Colt Government Model

The Colt Government Model is used by the Atlanta City Police detectives throughout the movie. These could possibly be Colt Mk IV Series 70s rather than older 'Pre-Series 70' commercial models, but it is uncertain.

Colt Government Model (Pre-Series 70 Commerical M1911A1) - .45 ACP
Sgt. Sharky (Burt Reynolds) with his Colt Government Model.
Arch (Bernie Casey) with his Colt Government Model searching for the hitman Billy Score (Henry Silva).
Sharky closes in on a wounded Score (Henry Silva).
Sharky (Burt Reynolds) with his Government Model.
Papa (Brian Keith) searching for Billy Score (Henry Silva) armed with a Colt Gov't Model.

Smith & Wesson Model 29

A Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver with a 6.5" barrel is used with very impressive results by the drug dealer Highball Murray (Hari Rhodes) at the beginning of the movie when Sharky (Burt Reynolds) is attempting to buy heroin from him during an undercover operation.

Smith & Wesson Model 29 - .44 Magnum
Highball (Hari Rhodes) blows the engine hood off of an unmarked car. Doubtful that even the powerful .44 magnum could do such a thing, but it's good showmanship.
Highball (Hari Rhodes) takes a pregnant woman hostage.
Highball (Hari Rhodes) takes a moment to reload.
Highball (Hari Rhodes) is out of time with Sharky (Burt Reynolds) having boarded the bus.
Highball (Hari Rhodes) wields the S&W.

Smith & Wesson Model 15

At the end of the movie, when the cops are closing in on the main villains in the Peachtree Hotel in downtown Atlanta, one of the uniformed officers is seen with what appears to be a Smith & Wesson Model 15 revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 15 - .38 Special
A patrolman behind Sgt. Sharky (Burt Reynolds) holds a Smith & Wesson Model 15 in the classic 1970's ready stance

Colt Python

Sharky (Burt Reynolds) uses a Colt Python with a six inch barrel during the botched drug buy and subsequent gun fight at the beginning of the movie.

Colt Python with 6" Barrel - .357 Magnum
Sharky (Burt Reynolds) chases Boots on foot.
Sharky exchanges fire with Boots on the city bus.
A close up of Sharky's (Burt Reynolds) Colt Python during the gunfight on the city bus.

Colt Diamondback

Sharky (Burt Reynolds) has a Colt Diamondback with a 4" barrel in the bag with the drug buy money. The drug dealer Highball Murray (Hari Rhodes) identifies it as a Diamondback. He takes it from Sharky when the drug deal goes bad. However the Diamondback is empty. Sharky's real piece is a Colt Python that he is carrying on his person (as shown above).

Colt Diamondback w/ 4 inch barrel.
The Colt Diamondback is revealed when Sharky (Burt Reynolds) shows Highball (Hari Rhodes) the buy money.
Highball (Hari Rhodes) pulls out the Colt Diamondback when a strange car approaches.
Highball (Hari Rhodes) points the Diamondback at Sharky (Burt Reynolds)
Highball (Hari Rhodes) attempts to shoot Sharky (Burt Reynolds) only to discover that the revolver is empty.

High Standard Sharpshooter M

It appears that one of Billy Score's (Henry Silva) weapons is likely a suppressed High Standard Sharpshooter M. It was difficult to get a good image of the pistol, but the weapon is a .22 LR pistol (though the sound effect is that of a much larger caliber weapon). When Score opens his briefcase there is a brief shot of the pistol and a box of Winchester .22 LR inside the case. A good shot of the weapon is seen when Billy kills an undercover cop and the prostitute who is with him.

High Standard Sharpshooter M - .22 LR
Billy (Henry Silva) points his pistol at Arch (Bernie Casey).
A close up of the suppressed .22 caliber pistol used by Billy Score (Henry Silva).
Score holds his pistol on a wounded Arch (Bernie Casey).
The pistol in its case along with some of the hitman's other tools of the trade.


Over & Under Double Barreled Shotgun

The hitman Billy Score (Henry Silva) uses a cut down Cut Down Over & Under Shotgun. At one point it is identified as being a 12 gauge. The shotgun appears to be a Browning Over & Under Shotgun, but this is unconfirmed.

Browning O/U - 12 gauge.
Billy Score (Henry Silva) wields his O/U shotgun.
Score (Henry Silva) reloads his shotgun.
Score (Henry Silva) with the shotgun.
Publicity photo of Henry Silva holding the shotgun.

Unidentified Pump-Action Shotgun

At the beginning of the movie, during the dramatic shootout on an Atlanta city bus between Sharky (Burt Reynolds) and Highball Murray (Hari Rhodes), an unidentified pump shotgun is briefly seen in the hands of another detective following the bus taken by Boots.

Unidentified shotgun carried by an Atlanta City PD detective.

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