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No Man's Land (1987)

A rookie cop goes undercover and infiltrates a car thief ring.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Martin
Lieutenant Curtis Loos
Captain Haun
Al Shannon ...
Bernie Pock ...
Kenny Endoso ...
James F. Kelly ...
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 <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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Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

260 chrono  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,088,273, 25 October 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Many of the major supporting characters were cast late into production. See more »


When Ted meets 'Bill' at the shopping mall at the end of the movie, he calls him 'Benji', his real name. In an earlier scene, Ted had learned from Ann that Bill is a cop, but he left the house before she told him anything else. Thus, Ted wouldn't be able to know that Bill's real name is Benji. See more »


[the car phone in the Porsche rings]
Benjy Taylor: Hello? No, Rick is not here. Who am I? The guy stealing Rick's car...
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Performed by James House
Written by James House, Todd Sharp, Jack Conrad
Published by Ah Rollins/Texascity Music, Ensign Corporation, Cement Chicken Music
Produced by Jack Conrad & James House
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Character-based action-suspense drama set in glitter 80's Hollywood
4 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

I agree with most of the positive comments on this film. I also waited ages to see this. My wife was an extra in one of the mall parking lot scenes and I was with her on the shoot (She was also in Less than Zero, ah those were the days). I never bought the video as I was waiting for a widescreen version which never came out. Then I happened to catch in on MGM HD on directTV recently. It surely has stood the test of time. It's like a well stored vintage wine, more tasty for having been locked away.

Sheen as a Dean-like forerunner of his over the top real life and TV sitcom persona, is excellent. Sweeney is like Duchovny, brilliant in his understatedness. Even the listless sister adds to the increasing and uneasy chemistry that develops between the 3. I bought it.

Needless to say, the action is tight and gripping. I've cruised Mulholland in a Porsche, and take out of town relatives there to sightsee so I may be biased, heheh...

The HD transfer was luminous and film-like perfection. A plus was the 80's soundtrack featuring a live appearance by The Untouchables, an early Ska local band!

What more can I say? Yes the movie does has Law and Order written all over it,but ah, what a episode!

If you enjoy the slower paced movies of the golden era, this one won't disappoint.

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