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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

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Ted Varrick
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Benjy Taylor
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Ann Varrick
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Lieutenant Vincent Bracey
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Malcolm
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Frank Martin
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Lieutenant Curtis Loos
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Captain Haun
Al Shannon ...
Danny
Bernie Pock ...
Ridley
Kenny Endoso ...
Leon
James F. Kelly ...
Brandon
Lori Butler ...
Suzanne
Clare Wren ...
Deborah
Philip Benichou ...
Michel
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Storyline

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 <matt@measham.force9.net>

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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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23 October 1987 (USA)  »

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$2,877,571 (USA)
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Brad Pitt's feature film debut. See more »

Goofs

The car chase scene between the silver Porsche and the blue Camaro contains many inconsistencies. The Porsche's left rear passenger window disappears and reappears between shots before the scene where the Camaro passenger destroys it with a shotgun. Before the climax of the chase, the Camaro's front end is damaged, but there are no scenes showing how it got damaged during the scene. See more »

Quotes

Benjy Taylor: [points out a Ferrari to steal] How about this one?
Ted Varrick: [disdainfully] Italian trash... besides, I only steal Porsches.
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Referenced in 'Law & Order': The Beginning (2002) See more »

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I Got You (I Feel Good)
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Sung by Charlie Sheen and D.B. Sweeney
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L.A. 80s Cool At Its' Best
7 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hate to praise Charlie Sheen, but I must.He played this role so perfectly, that I forgot I was watching a movie. I know that's a cliché by now, but it applies.

You know the plot from the other reviews. Boyish undercover cop infiltrates a mechanic shop and befriends the owner, whom he is assigned to tail. That's because he is a suspected car thief and murderer.

Think "Point Break" here, only 4 years earlier. A charismatic bad boy, sucks a peer into his criminal world, and the peer is actually in law enforcement.

If you love 80s movies set amidst the glitz of 80s L.A., with fancy cars and classic obscure 80s dance tunes thrown in, you will love this one.

I couldn't help envying the adventure that the D.B. Sweeney character was having. Nothing exciting ever happens to me. He gets introduced to the world of "the rich and aimless," gets a brother-like best friend who gives him money and lavish gifts, and he falls in love with a beautiful rich girl.

There were a couple of authenticity problems I have to mention. The Sweeney character was supposed to be a 22 year old rookie, yet he was working undercover. Wouldn't that be a bit advanced for him? He was not a detective. But I guess they had to use him, because of his mechanical acumen with Porsches.

Also, in order to get hired as a Porsche mechanic, wouldn't he have to show that he passed certification classes? Having just worked on some old cars in his driveway, would he really be skilled enough to work with professional foreign car mechanics, without taking any courses?

The Randy Quaid character was a little comic-bookie, or over-the-top angry, but I guess they had to establish the tension between him and the rookie.

The final showdown will again remind you of "Point Break." Enjoy it. This is definitely a guy's movie.


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