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Cop (1988)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  March 1988 (USA)
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An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him.

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Kathleen McCarthy
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Dutch Peltz
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Delbert 'Whitey' Haines
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Captain Fred Gaffney
Randi Brooks ...
Joanie Pratt
Steven Lambert ...
Bobby Franco
Christopher Wynne ...
Jack Gibbs
Jan McGill ...
Jen Hopkins
Vicki Wauchope ...
Penny Hopkins
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Sarah Smith
John Petievich ...
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Dennis Stewart ...
Lawrence 'Birdman' Henderson
Randy Pelish ...
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Amy Cranfield
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Lloyd Hopkins, a hard-boiled American police detective is on the trail of a mass murderer who is victimizing women in Los Angeles. The pursuit leads him through a world that has become his own natural habitat - a nasty world of crime, drugs, prostitution and male hustlers where "innocence kills" and continued exposure corrupts. Paradoxically, it's also a world of love, secret admirers, romantic feminist poets and modern chivalry. And for the viewer, it's the background for an exciting, suspense movie. Written by Dave Cook <cookd@mcmail.cis.mcmaster.ca>

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When a cop cares too much, how far is too far. [USA Theatrical] See more »


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March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blood on the Moon  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,884,315 (USA)
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Originally filmed under the book's title 'Blood on the Moon', Atlantic, the studio behind the picture, decided to re-title the film "Cop" because they were concerned that people would think it was a slasher movie. The new title also suited Atlantic's market campaign, which tried to sell the film as an action/thriller similar to Dirty Harry. See more »

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The dead body hanging in the apartment can be seen moving several times when Lloyd Hopkins discovers it. See more »

Quotes

Lloyd Hopkins: Why can't they fly, Dutch? Why can't they fly like us?
Dutch Peltz: No wings, my friend. Nothing they do by themselves is much fun, they gotta have a man or it doesn't matter.
Lloyd Hopkins: Penny's gonna fly. The wings are there, and they're big.
Dutch Peltz: You better hope the tits are there, and they're big too. She'll get farther in this world with a pair of those.
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Big coincidences in gritty L.A. crime thriller
14 March 2009 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Cop is based on the book 'Blood and the Moon' by James Ellroy. I have not read the book that the film is based on; although I am a big fan of the first three books in Ellroy's 'L.A. Quartet'. It is often said of Ellroy that his writing got better as it went along; and assuming that this film is closely based on the book, I would say that there's a good chance that is true as the story here is not exactly solid. The entire film hinges on one major and quite unbelievable coincidence that boggles the mind if you care to think about it. However, it's the style and atmosphere that saves it; and that's the main reason I loved this film! The plot focuses on your everyday hard-bitten cop, Lloyd Hopkins, who after investigating the murder of a woman in Los Angeles, comes to believe that a serial killer may be operating in the area. Naturally, the police captain doesn't believe a word of it and Lloyd is forced to investigate on his own; leading him to a revelation closer to home than he was expecting.

Director James B. Harris creates a fabulous atmosphere for the film to take place in and ensures that L.A. seems to be every bit the gritty and sleazy location needed to facilitate a tale like this. Similarly, James Woods fits the central role like a glove and is always believable in the role; even when the plot is getting out of hand. The first half of the film is really rather good and plausible; but then the twist hits and it really requires a suspension of disbelief from the viewer. It's not that the twist could not happen; it's more the way that it does happen which comes off as silly. It's just far too convenient and the whole film is turned on its head from that point on. Still, the atmosphere is retained and the story continues to be gripping; which are the film's strongest elements. Certain elements of the film are rather nasty, and indeed the book was originally denied by many different publishers for being too graphic! Still, a lot of it focuses on dialogue and from what I know of Ellroy, this part of the film is quite faithful. It all boils down to a rather hurried and coincidental ending; but I really do feel that this is a film where the style of it is much more important than the plot line. For some it will no doubt be too much of a problem...but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good crime thriller!


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