Hollywood Cop (1987)
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Also, the car chase scene at the end is almost worthy of being in a good B movie. Almost.
Shervan assembled a killer cast this time around to help execute his singular filmmaking vision. David Goss, who has a criminally small filmography, but also appeared in Armed Response (1986), plays the main hero we all want on our side. If only his Samurai Cop counterpart Matt Hannon would team up with Goss in a movie, we'd all be the better for it. Hopefully they're not rivals. Fan favorite Cam Mitchell appears as the forever-disgruntled police Captain. He puts in an appropriately irritated performance. Remember, he has no patience for Turky's rogue ways. Troy Donahue is on board as well and it's nice to see him, and Aldo Ray has one scene as a man inexplicably named "Fong". He doesn't seem to be channeling Leo J. James Mitchum plays the gang boss role, and he does a good job, but the kid, Brandon Angle, who plays Stevie, practically steals the movie. He's a talented child actor that sadly didn't seem to pursue a career in acting after this. Maybe he figured he couldn't possibly top Hollywood Cop. He reached the pinnacle of his profession as a tot.
Special mention should also go to Lincoln Kilpatrick as Jaguar, a man with a long and distinguished career that goes back to the 50's. When he wasn't starring opposite Charlton Heston in The Omega Man (1971) and Soylent Green (1973), he was playing some of the best BYC's on film in such classics as the Gary Busey Bulletproof (1988) and the Wings vehicle Deadly Force (1983). The plot of Hollywood Cop basically stops at one point so he can hot-oil wrestle with some bikini'd babes. His name should be more well known.
It's slightly more coherent than Samurai Cop, but Hollywood Cop truly has it all from an entertainment perspective: the B-list stars you know and love, a killer score (by Elton Ahi), tons of laugh-out-loud moments, sleaze, violence, and top-flight ridiculousness. It's all pretty inexplicable. The main song, "Restless" by Andy Madadian, is a catchy winner that puts the icing on an already heavily-frosted cake.
When you pop the Celebrity Video VHS in your VCR, there Goss the neighborhood. Don't be a turkey and check out the awesomeness of Turky tonight!
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Well this is what I went by on rating: 1 Good or bad sound editing. It was Bad time of where you can hear them speak, but no lips moving at same time. 2 Good or bad special effects. There were times it could been better. 3 Good or bad acting. Very Bad acting. 4 Able to see studio equipment (like Boom mics and so forth) Didn't notice any on this. 5 Good or bad Video editing. Seems OK. 6 Good or bad script. The script writing was boring and easily guessed on what was about to happen.
This film is slightly underwhelming but contains elements of Shervan's later cult hits like SAMURAI COP. It's a bit tame and low rent compared to the director's other "hits". A renegade cop under the unlikely name of Turkey goes after a gang of kidnappers who have taken a little blond haired boy. The kidnappers are led by Jim Mitchum, who is really slumming it by appearing in this.
Cameron Mitchell plays in support as a hard-nosed cop superior. The movie features episodic action scenes and Shervan's favoured shoot-outs in which the pistols sound like hand cannons. There's a rape scene in a hotel room and a lot of chasing around. The acting is as wooden as you'd expect and David Goss's lead character is a hoot. Aldo Ray and Troy Donahue also have small cameos. One sex scene utilises a wall mirror in the bedroom so you get double the amount of screen nudity - it's that type of exploitative approach.
Benjamin! (Ey Javidan Iran)
Someone's taken my boy, I don't know
what to do.
May'be he can help. That's Joe Turk. He's
Yeah, really. That's what to expect from this. Some hot looking classy gals, and ones shirtless in panties is the upside of this trash, if written at a minutes notice. Jim Mitchum who plays a bad guy/uptown pimp, what have you, actually does a fine job here, where I had previously seen him in Trackdown, his character in that, playing at the good end of the scale. Some scenes are so embarrassingly funny, especially in an action sequence, where we cut back and forth a few times to a bedroom scene, of drunken angry sex- our henchman wanted to do it on the floor. So, if you're the undemanding viewer, it's pretty much it's your call. If you're the one with regrets, like me, surely, you know what the hell I'm talking about. This is a film so pathetic, I'd feel solely embarrassed watching it, or moronic. Why not just leaves the broads in, and do away with this rest.