Cinema: Obsession

SHARKY'S MACHINE Directed by Burt Reynolds Screenplay by Gerald Di Pego

It is an old machine. It is rusty, inefficient, temperamental and stored in the basement, where it is the object of not very affectionate contempt around Atlanta police headquarters. No, it is not a disused mimeograph; it is, in fact, the vice squad. Therefore its components are human beings, full of complaints and crotchets and in need of something more interesting to do than process the night's haul of pimps and prostitutes. They are also in need of a light coating of respect.

This last is provided by the smart, ambitious title...

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