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13 May 1988 (USA) See more »
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In New York City, a man in a cop's uniform starts killing people for no apparent reason. 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
Gino Havens  (as 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)
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 .... 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
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
85 min | USA:91 min (DVD version) | Canada:88 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | 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)

Did You Know?

Cameo: [Jake LaMotta]makes a brief cameo as a detective.See more »
Continuity: During the climactic Pier 14 sequence, Cordell's extensive facial scarring is only seen in close-ups. In all the medium shots his face is clearly unscathed.See more »
Frank McCrae:He'll kill again... he enjoys killing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Walk the FloorSee more »


What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Japanese TV Version? What about the British BBFC 18 Version?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A maniac, maniac that's for sure, 22 November 2013
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

Up until the early 90s New York City was a very different place when compared to the vibrant cosmopolitan/metropolitan of culture and coffee shops with free Wi-Fi of today. It was a very dirty city filled with porno theatres, pawn shops, and crack houses where you couldn't walk ten feet without getting mugged.

In the absence of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, morally sound/suspicious cop Matt Cordell makes it his duty to lay waste to the criminal scum infesting the city, but soon he goes too far and his maniacal ways catch up with him.

Grizzled Detective McCrae and rookie beat cop Forrest (that would be Tom Atkins and Bruce Campbell himself) team up to track down Cordell, who has been dubbed the 'Maniac Cop' by the New York media, who have stirred the city into a frenzy by implying ALL cops are to be considered suspicious.

There's more plot than is necessary for what is, in essence, a disposable 80s slasher flick, but it's nice to have those satirical layers, which are even more relevant now in an America with a rising police state in which even small, local forces are being heavily militarized with so-called 'rights' going out the window. In 2005 the Supreme Court ruled that police do not have duty to protect and serve anymore, only to enforce laws. Contemporary America is a breeding ground for many Maniac Cops, which lends the movie and ironic and prophetic edge, and makes it ripe for a remake.

Writer Larry Cohen (who also gave us The Stuff, Phone Booth, and Cellular) and director William Lustig have no illusion that they are delivering a trashy exploitation flick and everything in the movie is a testament to that from the harsh, sleazy cinematography to the mostly unattractive locations. Lustig even casts a woman with a disgusting cold sore in a bit part with many facial close-ups. Gross! But for a film set in New York it is so very, very obviously film in Los Angeles with anonymous flyovers of New York pasted onto it. Not really a big problem, but extremely noticeable. The only real gripe I have with Maniac Cop is that it sets up a lot potential that is never properly realized. The sequels were bigger and glossier, and aesthetically very different, making this first entry a bit of a weaker false start, but it is entertaining and Matt Cordell, despite being the antagonist, is a sort of tragic anti-hero in the mold of Jason Voorhees which is a mark of a superior slasher flick.

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