Saturday, May 7, 2011

ATLANTApix: Sharky's Machine

"Sharky's Machine" Record Stunt
Filmed in and around Atlanta, the 1981 blockbuster hit Sharky's Machine, starring Burt Reynolds, featured the highest free-fall stunt for a commercially-released film.

Based on a book by Atlanta native William Diehl, the scene takes place from the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel (photo, background) a 73-story glass cylinder. However, the "stunt double" building would be the nearly identical glass cylinder building, although considerably smaller, the Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel (photo, foreground).

The free-fall, immediatly following a dramatic smashing through an exterior window, is from 220 feet above Atlanta. Oddly, to me anyway, only the beginning of the free-fall is used in the movie, which was indeed dramatic, but I for one would love to see the stunt in its entirity.

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Terry said...

We really should see the movie again to see what we can recognize.

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