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One Good Cop (1991)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 3 May 1991 (USA)
An NYPD Detective (Michael Keaton) and his struggle for justice, while taking care of his late partner's three little girls after he is killed in the line of duty.




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When NYPD detective Artie Lewis' colleague and friend is shot in a police operation, he and his wife Rita want to adopt his three little children. But they have to realize that their income doesn't suffice for the required larger home. So Artie decides to take the money from the drug-dealing mobster Benjamino. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Rated R for violence, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

We're Alive  »


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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the bad guys references the Ghostbusters. Coincidently, Michael Keaton was offered the roles of Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler, which went to Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. Michael Keaton worked with Harold Ramis on Multiplicity (1996). See more »


[first lines]
Rita Lewis: Hey.
Artie Lewis: Hey.
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References He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) See more »


Written by Junior Cepeda
Performed by Celia Cruz with The Johnny Pacheco Orchestra
Courtesy of Sonida, Inc.
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A great movie about a good person trying to do good things in a bad world.
28 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent movie that surprised me at every turn. It felt like watching someones real life, with up and downs and real decisions. One Good Cop is an uplifting story about a good person with difficult decisions to make. After the death of his partner Keaton and his wife (Rene Russo) are given custody of his three girls. Keaton cannot afford three kids and foster care will split the kids up. The decision that Keaton makes is brutal but for people who are desperate sometimes something brutal is the only solution. I had never heard of this movie before but it has become one of my favorites. Michael Keaton gives a great performance the entire way through. This is a 4 for 4 star movie.

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