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Order of Death (1983)
"Copkiller (l'assassino dei poliziotti)" (original title)

 -  Thriller  -  15 March 1983 (Italy)
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A pair of corrupt cops spend their illegal cash on an uptown New York City flat.

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Lt. Fred O'Connor
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Leo Smith
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Lenore Carvo
Leonard Mann ...
Bob Carvo
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Margaret Smith
Carla Romanelli
Nicola Cancellaro
Ettore Venturini
Antonio D'Acquisto
Benedetto Sestili
Giorgio Lucenti
Angelo Cecchetti
Nikolaus Moras
Bob Kelly
Tony Mayer
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A pair of corrupt cops spend their illegal cash on an uptown New York City apartment. John Lydon stars as Leo Smith, a disturbed teenager who plays a bizarre game of cat-and-mouse with cop O'Connor ('Harvey Keitel'). He convinces him that he's the notorious cop killer that has been hunting police officers. O'Connor kidnaps him and makes him his permanent guest inside his apartment. Is Smith the corrupt cop killer? Can Harvey get to the bottom of this twisted case before it's too late, or will he get caught up in some twisted game? Written by TheUnbeholden

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E' giovane, è ricco. Non lo fa per denaro.

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Corrupt: Bad Cop Cronicles #2
29 June 2003 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

A New York policeman (Harvey Keitel) imprisons and tortures and admitted cop-killer (John Lydon), but finds the tables turned when his victim refuses to break and in fact urges more punishment. Highlighted is the intense interplay between the irrepressible Keitel and Lydon. The sneering frontman of the Sex Pistols as Johnny Rotten.

I couldn't believe this book, compiled by film author Jack Hunter, featuring his personal 'Top Ten' of Harvey Keitel's best films performaces, featured a chapter on "Copkiller" (Aka "Order of Death" & "Corrupt") As I said in the last issue the film is so underground, not many people seem to know it, let alone respect it. I'm a big Keitel big fan, and I'probably have bought th is book anyway, with or without Copkiller, I've got a previous Keitel biography, "The Art of Darkness", and it only has one line about the movie in it (And basically says' that Keitel made a whole bunch of movies in the early eighties including "Corrupt" that went straight to the video in the US), so to see a whole chapter on the movie in this book was a real surprise.

The chapter on "Copkiller" is written by film critic David Prothero, and I have to say it's refreshing to read a review of the film that come of a Non-Pistols point of view. Prothero is obviously a big fan of the movie, in fact he calls it, "undoubtedly one of Keitel's finest films"! He makes the link between "Copkiller" and Keitel's classic "Bad Lieutenant". Something I've thought about mysel, there's obviously a few links between the characters, both are obsessed corrupt New York cops for starters... ANother parallel he brings is to compare the movie and the Lydon's to Performace and Mick Jagger. I'd never thought of that before, but I can see where he's coming from, he describes the blurring of Lydon's stage persona with his on screen character, and I'd go fot that.. Leo Smith's mixture of arrogance and cynicism, not to mention the fact that Lydon wears his own clothes throughout the film, provides good evidence to this claim (he even throws a few Johnny Rotten tantrums!)

The book's chapter on "Copkiller" only lasts ten pages, and there's only couple b&w pics, nothing unusual, but if you're a fan of movies I'd recommend getting it. As I say its an interesting review , and full of good behind the scenes info. Check it out.


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