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Maniac Cop (1988)

 -  Action | Crime | Horror  -  13 May 1988 (USA)
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In New York City, a man in a cop's uniform starts killing people for no apparent reason.

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Sally Noland
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Regina Sheperd (as Nina Aversen)
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Detective Lovejoy
Barry Brenner ...
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Ellen Forrest
James Dixon ...
Clancy (as Jim Dixon)
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Bremmer (as Corey Eubanks)
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Cassie Philips
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Storyline

Innocent people are being brutally murdered on the streets of New York City by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and City Hall attempts a cover-up, Frank McCrae heads the investigation. A young cop, Jack Forrest, finds himself under arrest as the chief suspect, having been the victim of a set-up by the real killer and a mysterious woman phone-caller. Forrest, his girlfriend Theresa, and McCrae set out to solve the puzzle before the Maniac Cop can strike again. Written by Mr_John_Barrymore

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You have the right to remain silent. Forever. See more »


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13 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le flic de l'enfer  »

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Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$671,382 (USA)
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Trivia

Although the film is set in New York City, it was only shot there for three days. See more »

Goofs

When McCrae is looking through the Cordell newspaper archive, you can momentarily see that the articles themselves are completely unrelated to the story. See more »

Quotes

Parade reporter: And so this years St Patrick's Day parade continues on schedule, despite speculation the parade may have been cancelled due to fear of violence. Authorities report scores of death threats against the police, plus threats of bombings along the parade route. But this has not deterred a record crowd for turning out for New York's St Patrick's Day parade.
Parade reporter: [glances at spectacle] ... what a parade it is.
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Referenced in Back in Action (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello Heartbreak
Composed by Michael Shanklin and Tamila Jensen
Vocals by David Carradine
© 1984 Silver Feather Music Publishing
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Trash, but admittedly very enjoyable trash
31 July 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Maniac Cop" is trash, but its highly enjoyable trash that never pretends to be anything its not. The film is free of any pretensions or artistic aspirations, which sometimes plague cult films. It exists solely to entertain, and its lack of depth is quite refreshing. This is goofy pulp material that fans of low-budget 80s exploitation will enjoy a great deal. I love 60s and 70s exploitation, but the 80s were a much more lame and mundane decade for the genre. However, there were a few grade-b classics from the era, and "Maniac Cop" is certainly one.

The films a bit between camp and actual quality. There's really no scares or even tension to be found anywhere. In fact, a lot of times the material is unintentionally funny. Fortunately, it never commits the ultimate b-movie sin, which is being boring. William Lustig's direction keeps this pulpy material moving at a very quick pace. The performances aren't exactly subtle, but is that to be expected from actors such as Bruce Campbell or Robert "The Chin" Z'Dar? Plus, the seedy atmosphere of a vintage NYC setting (which was pretty much cleaned up even by 1988) is a lot of fun to watch. "Maniac Cop" is one of the last great grindhouse films. (6/10)


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