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Maniac Cop -- Innocent people are brutally killed on the streets of New York by a police officer. A young cop finds himself marked as the chief suspect after his wife is murdered. As he investigates the death toll rises and he suspects a mysterious police cover-up. This "maniac" cop must be stopped, but it might not be so easy. He seems inhuman, ready to take on the entire police force and hell-bent on revenge!


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13 May 1988 (USA) See more »
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A killer dressed in a police uniform begins murdering innocent people on the streets of New York City. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Atkins ... Frank McCrae

Bruce Campbell ... Jack Forrest

Laurene Landon ... Theresa Mallory

Richard Roundtree ... Commissioner Pike

William Smith ... Captain Ripley

Robert Z'Dar ... Matt Cordell

Sheree North ... Sally Noland
Nina Arvesen ... Regina Sheperd (as Nina Aversen)
Nick Barbaro ... Councilman

Lou Bonacki ... Detective Lovejoy
Barry Brenner ... Coroner
Victoria Catlin ... Ellen Forrest
James Dixon ... Clancy (as Jim Dixon)

Corey Michael Eubanks ... Bremmer (as Corey Eubanks)

Jill Gatsby ... Cassie Philips

Rocky Giordani ... Fowler
John F. Goff ... Jack's Lawyer (as John Goff)
William J. Gorman ... Desk Sergeant
Jon Greene ... Tactical Sergeant
Teddy M. Haggarty ... Prison Guard

Dan Hicks ... Squad Leader (as Danny Hicks)
Erik Holland ... Dr. Gruber
Dennis Junt ... Assistant Squad Leader
Marcia Karr ... Nancy

Judy Kerr ... Motel Maid

Jake LaMotta ... Detective
Judy Levitt ... Woman in Car
Jason Lustig ... Squad Commander
William Lustig ... Motel Manager
Vic Manni ... Jail Guard
Tito Núñez ... Chico (as Tito Nunez)
Daniel Ortiz ... Ramos
Louis Pastore ... John

Frank Pesce ... Watchman
Bernie Pock ... Sam

Ed Polgardy ... Man in Bar #1

Sam Raimi ... Parade Reporter
Carla Reynolds ... Police Officer (as Carla Y. Reynolds)
Jefferson Richard ... Witness (as Jef Richard)

Adele Sparks ... Nurse
Tom Taylor ... Man in Bar #2
Ingrid Van Dorn ... Waitress
Luke Walter ... Musician
Patrick Wright ... Prison Guard
Nicholas Yee ... Patrolman
Lee Arnone ... White Woman

Nay K. Dorsey ... Young Black Man

George 'Buck' Flower ... Old Man
Bill Waldron ... Young White Man
Alma Washington ... Black Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Croughwell ... Prison Inmate (uncredited)

Ron Holmstrom ... Building Superintendent (uncredited)

Ken Lerner ... Mayor Jerry Killium (uncredited)

Leo Rossi ... Mayor's Chief of Staff (uncredited)

Directed by
William Lustig 
Writing credits
Larry Cohen (written by)

Produced by
Larry Cohen .... producer
James Glickenhaus .... executive producer
Jefferson Richard .... co-producer (as Jef Richard)
Original Music by
Jay Chattaway 
Cinematography by
James Lemmo 
Vincent J. Rabe 
Film Editing by
David Kern 
Casting by
Geno Havens 
Production Design by
Jonathan R. Hodges (production designer)
Art Direction by
Jonathon Hodges 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Amos 
Makeup Department
A.J. DeFlorio .... hair stylist: New York (as A.J. De Florio)
A.J. DeFlorio .... makeup artist: New York (as A.J. De Florio)
Brad Look .... special effects makeup assistant (as Bradley Look)
Kerry Mendenhall .... hair stylist
Bill Miller-Jones .... makeup artist
Production Management
John Engel .... production manager: New York (as John S. Engle)
Sanford Hampton .... unit production manager
Frank K. Isaac .... executive in charge of production (as Frank Isaac)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phillip Betz .... assistant director: New York (as Phil Betz)
Sanford Hampton .... first assistant director
Noga Isackson .... second assistant director: New York
David Kern .... second unit director
Theone Masoner .... second second assistant director
Spiro Razatos .... second unit director
Jefferson Richard .... second unit director (as Jef Richard)
Debra Marie Simon .... second assistant director (as Debra Simon)
Art Department
Ted Berner .... prop assistant
Nat Bocking .... property master
Daniel Boxer .... assistant art director: New York
Ann Cudworth .... art director: New York
Dayna Lee .... assistant art director
James E. Marchwick .... leadman (as James Marchwick)
Bill H. Roberts Jr. .... props: second unit (as Bill Roberts)
Renato Casaro .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound recordist
Denis Dutton .... sound editor
Craig Felburg .... sound mixer
Jeff Gall .... sound editor
Robert Glenn .... sound editor
Eric J. Goldstein .... boom operator
Eric J. Goldstein .... sound mixer: second unit (as Eric Goldstein)
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Cameron Hamza .... boom operator
Paul Heslin .... adr supervisor
Paul Heslin .... sound editor
Warren Kleiman .... adr mixer
John Post .... sound effects supervisor
Dorielle Rogers .... sound recordist: New York
Steven J. Rogers .... sound mixer: New York (as Steve Rogers)
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Jackson Schwartz .... foley mixer
Bob Weitz .... stereo sound consultant: Ultra
Ted Johnston .... sound editor (uncredited)
Cathy McKelvey .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Atherton .... special effects makeup artist
John Best .... special effects coordinator
Bill Drysdale .... special effects coordinator
John Naulin .... special effects makeup supervisor
Jim Spinner .... special effects makeup artist: second unit
Paul Staples .... special effects coordinator
Laszlo Stumpf .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Larry Arpin .... optical effects
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts
Kurt Bryant .... stunts
Buzz Bundy .... stunts
Richard E. Butler .... stunts
Charles Croughwell .... stunts
Phil Culotta .... stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
David M. Graves .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Matt McColm .... stunts
Bernie Pock .... stunts
Don Pulford .... stunts
Spiro Razatos .... stunt coordinator
Spiro Razatos .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (as Ronald R. Rondell)
Tom Sarmento .... stunts
Tony Vaccaro .... stunts
Al Wyatt Jr. .... stunts (as Alan Wyatt Jr.)
Kenny Bates .... stunts (uncredited)
John Cade .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Berries .... still photographer
John Beymer .... aerial camera operator: New York
Alan Brownstein .... gaffer
Elizabeth Carney .... third electrician: New York
Al Cerullo .... aerial photographer: New York
Roxanne di Santo .... assistant Steadicam operator (as Roxanne DiSanto)
Ray Dietz .... assistant camera: New York
Marcus 'Roo' Flower .... grip
John Gabriele .... key grip: New York
Kim Gigilia .... best boy: New York
Larry Hillier .... gaffer: New York
Levie Isaacks .... camera operator: second unit
Konstantin Jekov .... assistant camera: New York
Ron Johnson .... assistant camera: second unit (as Ronald Johnson)
Tom Keefer .... key grip
Forrest Landreth .... assistant camera
Roger Lattin .... best boy
Damon Marcellino .... electrician
Michael Marzovilla .... second electrician: New York
James M. Muro .... Steadicam operator: New York (as Jim Muro)
Rick Perez .... best boy
Mark Petersson .... camera operator: New York
Daryl-Ann Saunders .... still photographer: New York
Henning Schellerup .... camera operator: second unit
Irene Schonwit .... assistant camera: second unit (as Irene Schoenwitt)
Peter Spera .... assistant camera: New York
Rich Sutherland .... best boy: second unit (as Rick Sutherland)
Lou Weinert .... second assistant camera
Oliver Whipple III .... key grip: second unit (as Oliver Whipple)
Paul Witte .... camera operator: second unit
Marc Wyler .... crane grip: New York
Marc Wyler .... rigging grip: New York
Phil Yoder .... equipment grip
Elizabeth Ziegler .... Steadicam operator
Michael Paris .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jacov Bresler .... extras casting
Ann Ross .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lori DeLapp .... wardrobe key (as Lori McClellen)
Margaret Shan Jensen .... costume designer: New York
Laurie Sullivan .... wardrobe
Freya Torsky .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Editorial Department
Adam Chuck .... post-production coordinator
Carole A. Edge .... assistant editor
Larry Engelmann .... color timer (as Larry Engleman)
Veronica Rebar .... apprentice editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Stephen Croes .... performer: electronic music
Don Hahn .... music engineer
Pete Levin .... performer: electronic music
Joseph Smith .... orchestrator (as Joseph C. Smith)
Jack K. Tillar .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ron Holmstrom .... transportation captain (as Ron Holstrom)
Earle Rogne .... driver
Other crew
Richard Audino .... production assistant: New York
Eva Banhidi .... script supervisor: New York
Roni Ben-Nevat .... production assistant: New York
Nadia Bruce .... production secretary
Tom Cavaliere .... production assistant: New York
Tara Crowley .... paramedic
David Finley .... production assistant: New York
Dave Gare .... production assistant: New York (as David Gare)
Fred Gartner .... location security
Udi Golan .... production assistant: New York
Jon Greene .... police services
Teddy M. Haggarty .... production assistant (as Teddy Haggarty)
Michael Hyatt .... title designer: main titles (as Mike Hyatt)
Nancy Karlin .... script supervisor
Dessa Kaye .... production coordinator
Kathleen 'Kash' McKewen .... head production assistant
Maxwell Meltzer .... production accountant
Jennifer Mezzacappa .... production assistant: New York
Jane Muset .... office coordinator: New York
Mark Paperno .... production assistant: New York
Kim Petrosky .... production assistant: New York
Kevin Skvorak .... production assistant: New York
Jeffrey D. Stevens .... set medic
Todd Turner .... production assistant
Lisa Van Cott .... craft service (as Lisa A. Van Cott)
Phoebe Zeeman .... production assistant: New York

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85 min | USA:91 min (DVD version) | Canada:88 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1989) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1989) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (video premiere)

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Cameo: [Sam Raimi]makes a brief cameo as the parade reporter.See more »
Errors in geography: Mountains are visible in the background of a few shots during the chase scene near the end which is supposed to take place in New York City. They were obviously shot in Los Angeles.See more »
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 Samurai Cop (1991)See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
One of the 80's better slasher films.,, 11 March 2012
Author: markhaazen from Netherlands

Maniac Cop has a very simple plot, in New York a man dressed as a police officer is killing innocent civilians. Jack Forrest is a cop and gets framed, the real killer is Matt Cordell, a cop who was sent to prison for brutality and ended up getting killed inside. Forrest, his piece on the side Theresa and detective Frank McCrea try to solve the case, before the maniac cop kills again.

The acting is really good for a cheap 80's horror, Jack Forrest is played by the legend that is Bruce Campbell. Campbell is one of the few actors that can make even the worst of films watchable, and makes any good film like this that much better. After the Evil Dead movies and possibly Bubba Ho Tep, this is Campbell's best work. Genre legend Tom Atkins is perfectly cast as McCrea, Atkins starred in some of my very favourite 80's movies including The Fog, Escape From New York, Creepshow, Night Of The Creeps and obviously this. He was also the main star of the underrated Halloween 3 Season Of The Witch, a film that would probably be quite well liked if they had left Halloween out of the title. Richard Roundtree who is better known as Shaft is good in a small role as commissioner Pike, Laurene Landon, William Smith and Sheree North give good support. Robert Z'Dar who looks like a real life Quagmire from Family Guy, is a huge man and is very effective as the supernatural Matt Cordell.

William Lustig the director of the classic and directed this film and it's 2 sequels. Part 2 is also very good, part 3 had a lot of voodoo nonsense but was still okay. Larry Cohen wrote Maniac Cop, he's also well known in the horror genre having wrote and directed a whole host of well known movies. There's several very small cameo's to look out for, Sam Raimi, William Lustig and strangely the boxer Jake LaMotta all appear. The bodycount is quite high, I believe it's 19. There's some blood and gore but not much. It's only a short film at just under 90 minutes, so it keeps up a relentless pace and never comes close to being boring.

It was made on a pretty small budget of $1,100,000, I assume with the cast and crew involved here that many took a pay cut to get it made. The music score is fantastic, it really helps to build tension. I love Maniac Cop and wouldn't hesitate to give at least 4 stars, but the DVD picture quality isn't great and it's a bare bones disc. Arrow Video are releasing it on blu ray late October 2011, if the picture quality is a massive improvement and they throw in some extras then it could very well be a 5 star disc. Highly recommended for any fan of slightly cheesy 80's horror, but i'd wait for the Arrow release if you're thinking of buying it. I'll definitely be double dipping.

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