No Man's Land (1987)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  23 October 1987 (USA)
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A rookie cop goes undercover and infiltrates a car thief ring.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Varrick
Benjy Taylor
Ann Varrick
Lieutenant Vincent Bracey
Frank Martin
Lieutenant Curtis Loos
Captain Haun
Al Shannon ...
Bernie Pock ...
Kenny Endoso ...
James F. Kelly ...
Lori Butler ...
Clare Wren ...
Philip Benichou ...


Benjy Taylor is a rookie cop who goes undercover to nab a gang of car thieves led by Ted Varrick. Taylor becomes too involved and starts to enjoy the thrill and lifestyle of the car thieves, and falls in love with Varrick's sister Ann. Written by Matt <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Once you get a taste of the good life, it's hard to let go. Even if your life depends on it. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA)  »

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260 chrono  »

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$2,877,571 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Brad Pitt's feature film debut. See more »


After the chase between the Porsche and the Camaro, when the Porsche gets banged up pretty bad on the right side and a window is blown out by a shotgun, the Porsche is driven into the chop shop and it doesn't have a scratch on it. In the next scene the right front end of the car is shown and it's a slightly lighter/paler color and appears to have scratches, although it looks more like mud splashes or painted-on damage than scratches. See more »


Benjy Taylor: Damn! I almost had it!
Ted Varrick: Yeah, no shit.
Benjy Taylor: I wanna go back and get that car.
Ted Varrick: Awww, c'mon, what are you? Out of your mind?
Benjy Taylor: Obviously.
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Referenced in 'Law & Order': The Beginning (2002) See more »


Performed by Sleight of Hand
Written by John Van Tongeren, Michael Clinco
Produced by John Van Tongeren
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25 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

In a way, having a Porsche in a city like Los Angeles is a clear invitation for car thieves to take them, as demonstrated in "No Man's Land", the 1987 film that has a look of a movie made for television. It's no wonder since its director and writer, Peter Werner and Dick Wolf, are veterans of the medium. Ron Howard is listed as a producer.

"No Man's Land" is worth a look because in spite of its flaws, because it shows an interesting aspect of the complex relationship between a police undercover cop and the young man who is the master mind in the car stealing robberies plaguing the city. The interaction between these two opposites is well played by the two leading actors, B. D. Sweeney, and Charlie Sheen.

Charlie Sheen, gives a restrained performance here. In fact, this actor tends to go for intensity without the proper guidance of a good director. As the slick Ted Varrick, Mr. Sheen shows a subtle side that we don't see too often. B.D. Sweeney is also effective as the undercover man who falls for Ann, who happens to be Ted's sister. Mr. Sweeney has that clean look about him that makes him perfectly suited for the good natured Bill, the mechanic he pretends to be.

Others faces in the film includes Lara Harris who plays Ann, the woman in love with the man hunting her own brother. Randy Quaid is seen briefly as Lt. Bracey, who is responsible for getting one of his men infiltrate the car stealing ring.

"No Man's Land" has the ubiquitous car chases and visual effects of pictures of this genre. The cinematography of Hiro Narita shows us a lot of Los Angeles shopping malls and high priced stores where the car thieves love to steal the Porsches.

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