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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
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Joanie Pratt
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Sarah Smith
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Lawrence 'Birdman' Henderson
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Amy Cranfield
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Storyline

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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He's a cop with the odds against him ... it's time to even the score 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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The novel "Blood on the Moon" upon which the movie is based was rejected by 17 publishers due to its violent content. 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: 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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Determined cop bucks his superior to discover and find a serial killer in this fine neo-noir
27 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although the plot is not new, the story is well told. James Woods plays a cop investigating a homicide. His home life has fallen apart. His boss is restrictive. He has a friend and supporter in another officer played by Charles Durning.

Woods begins to think that the murder is one of many when an anonymous note arrives in blood and refers to "all the rest". The story is basically a police procedural in which he has to overcome the bureaucratic obstacles plus the basic lack of evidence from killings that go back 15 years.

Apart from a significant role of Leslie Ann Warren, who plays an emotionally scarred woman, James Woods is pretty much the whole show. He carries it off, as he usually does.

One theme, police corruption and indifference, is well worn. Another theme, that of women being hurt because they are brought up too innocent of the world around them, is novel. A pervasive theme is "broken people", more or less. Almost every substantial character is bent or marred in some significant way. This includes Charles Haid's cop in the sheriff's department, Woods' wife, the police captain, the serial killer, a hustling woman that Woods picks up, Leslie Ann Warren, and Woods himself. Durning's character is more together.

The cinematography is fine, the direction tight, the script tight, and the acting fine. The original material is from James Ellroy, who is a reliable source of neo-noir material. The director, James Harris, who also wrote or co-wrote the screenplay is an experienced hand, having directed, for example, The Bedford Incident; and he's produced some excellent films like The Killing, Lolita, and Paths of Glory. Hence, the overall production of Cop is very good.


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