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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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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
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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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Charlie Sheen was injured when a squib hardened overnight and was detonated at the wrong time. He received lacerations to his face and was knocked unconscious. He received nine stitches, and was deaf in one ear for four weeks. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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FREE YOURSELF
Performed by The Untouchables
Written by Clyde Grimes, Jr.
Courtesy of MCA Records/Stiff Records
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Charlie Sheen makes mediocre movie watchable
27 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story is far from being original. We've seen many elements of it before. That, however, would not necessarily have brought it down.

The movie has two terrific car crash stunts worth seeing. It has a fine performance by Charlie Sheen. I always like his portrayals. This is no exception. It has good support from Randy Quaid, another fine actor. The female lead, Lara Harris, also does a good job with an underwritten part.

D.B. Sweeney plays an undercover cop trying to get the goods on Sheen for his boss Quaid. His portrayal lacked the depth and grit needed to bring the movie up, since its plot was quite prosaic.

The overall impact of the story is muted. The conflict between Sheen and another car thief nemesis of his is treated too sketchily to be really effective. This, in fact, is the problem all through the movie. The conflicts that are possible to bring out within this story are skipped over or not brought out enough. I fault the script and the direction for this. The result is a feeling of blandness at times and haste at other times. At other times, the story drags. Scenes that should be very tense are not. A big burden fell on Sheen to gloss over these faults and make the movie work, and I think he almost carried it off.


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