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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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13 May 1988 (USA)  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

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$671,382 (USA)
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The Coroner (Barry Brenner) was William Lustig's real-life doctor. See more »

Goofs

When Theresa is trying to escape Cordell, the corpse of the police sergeant he's just stabbed helpfully moves out of the way so that she can throw a stool through the window. See more »

Quotes

Desk sergeant: They don't make cops like him anymore. He was one of a kind.
Frank McCrae: He still is.
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Featured in Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993) See more »

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Composed by Gail Jensen, Arnie Riddio
Vocals by Gail Jensen
© 1987 Jensen-Carradine Music
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An 80s trash classic! One of my real guilty pleasures.
17 October 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Maniac Cop' is the most enjoyable of William Lustig's movies for me. If I was being objective I'd have to admit that it's stupid trash, but I love it just the same, and never tire of watching it. The team of Lustig ('Maniac', 'Vigilante') as director and the legendary Larry Cohen ('Q', 'The Stuff') as writer really worked well here. Each sequel is slightly worse than the one before - though still entertaining enough - and their latter day attempt to start a similar franchise with the overlooked 'Uncle Sam' wasn't as successful, though that movie was a lot of fun for me. Facially challenged b-grade regular Robert Z'Dar ('Cherry 2000', 'Tango And Cash') "stars" as Matt Cordell the Maniac Cop, but the real drawing card here are cult favourites Tom Atkins ('The Fog', 'Escape From New York') and Bruce Campbell ('Evil Dead', 'Crimewave'), who are both always cool to watch. The supporting cast includes the legendary William Smith ('Run, Angel, Run', 'The Ultimate Warrior'), original Shaft Richard Roundtree, and Laurene Landon and Frank Pesce, both regulars of Lustig and/or Cohen. Lustig himself pops up in a cameo, as does his Uncle 'Raging Bull' Jake LaMotta, director pal Sam Raimi, and the ubiquitous 'Buck' Flower. I love 'Maniac Cop', an 80s trash classic that I enjoy every time I watch it. Highly recommended fun!


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