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Cop (1988)

R  |   |  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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Delbert 'Whitey' Haines
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Captain Fred Gaffney
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Lawrence 'Birdman' Henderson
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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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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 »

Goofs

Lesley Ann Warren chain-smokes throughout the movie but she is clearly a non-smoker. She never handles the cigarette like a smoker would, constantly taking puffs that she doesn't inhale, picking up the cigarette and putting it down all the time when a real smoker would hold it. It's just obvious she's not comfortable with the cigarette. See more »

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Lloyd Hopkins: Innocence kills, Jen! Believe me, it kills! I see it every fucking day of my life!
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Sleazy James Ellroy cop thriller
1 March 2007 | by (The Dutch Mountains) – See all my reviews

Based on the James Ellroy novel "Blood on the Moon", James Woods is LAPD detective Lloyd Hopkins who discovers the terribly mutilated corpse of a young woman and immediately starts comparing the scene with previously unsolved murders. He becomes convinced a serial killer is at work here, preying on women for the last fifteen years. Soon, more gruesome murders occur and detective Hopkins becomes a target himself. Detective Hopkins is the kind of amoral sleazeball that makes Dirty Harry seem like a little angel in comparison. He's the kind of cop that blows your date away, leaves his partner to clear the mess and then asks the woman if she needs a ride home and have some fun.

James Woods also co-produced with director James B. Harris, long time buddy of Stanley Kubrick and producer of THE KILLING (1957), PATHS OF GLORY 1958) and LOLITA (1962), who also wrote the script for this hard-edged cop thriller. I made the mistake expecting a really good film, mostly based on Woods' presence, the writings of James Ellroy, and Kubrick sidekick James B. Harris taking the directorial helm, but Harris hardly shines in that department. His direction is adequate, but not much more. Best to watch this as a gritty cop flick, trashy, cynical and sometimes a bit silly with plenty of misguided attempts at humor on account of leading man James Woods, always a plus, in any film. It's a reasonably well-executed cop thriller, but no classic. Expect an enjoyable slice of B-movie nonsense and you probably won't be disappointed.

Camera Obscura --- 7/10


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