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Why can't they fly, Dutch? Why can't they fly like us?
No wings, my friend. Nothing they do by themselves is much fun, they gotta have a man or it doesn't matter.
Penny's gonna fly. The wings are there, and they're big.
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
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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