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Cop Land (1997)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  15 August 1997 (USA)
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The sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community populated by New York City policemen slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.

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Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to become one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. Written by John Wiggins

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No One Is Above The Law.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, strong language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 1,854,272 (Germany) (30 January 1998)

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DEM 5,118,405 (Germany) (20 February 1998)
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Robert Patrick got the part after running into actor Peter Berg and the film's producer and music supervisor, Meryl Poster, who were staying in the same hotel in New York. He got the script and then read for director James Mangold a few days later. See more »

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Freddy Heflin is supposedly deaf in his right ear, as evident from the very beginning of the film (the alarm clock scene). However at Superboy's uniform funeral, when being asked if he is completely deaf, Freddy answers that "it's just this one ear" and points at his left ear. See more »

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[first lines]
Moe Tilden: [narrating] Every precinct has its cop bar - a private club - all blue. For the 3-7 it was the Four Aces, just across the river.
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Normally, the credits display the actor's name on the left side with the character's name on the right. The credits here are reversed. See more »

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Freaky Tale
Written by AMG (as Jason Lewis), Harry Wayne Casey (as Harry W. Casey) and Richard Finch (as Richard French)
Performed by AMG
AMG appears courtesy of Select Records
Contains an interpolation of "I Get Lifted"
Written by Harry Wayne Casey (as Harry W. Casey) and Richard Finch
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Stallone's comeback not for the ignorants
20 April 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I know that everyboby's laughing about a movie that Stallone's starring in. His name is an easy target even to the most ignorant ones; they immediately put him under the 'action movie' label, like Arnold or Jean-Claude. What people forget (or don't know) about is that Stallone differs from all those action movie actors, in that he turned into this icon we all know by making a series of (really) bad choices. Do you know that Sly's the one who wrote the script of the Oscar winning Rocky? Do you know that because his face is half paralyzed (from birth) he speaks in that weird way that some people find difficult to understand what he's saying (and always joke about it)? Do you know that he was paid only $60.000 for his acting in Cop Land, while he had to gain 30 pounds for his role?

To me Cop land is the kind of movie Stallone should have made after First Blood. The director knows what Sly's really capable of so he gives him this role of the cop that is so fair and just, but inside him a burning past lives on. He's a hero and because of that he's lost half of his hearing to save the woman he loves, but she went on to marry another man. He can't be promoted because of his hearing, and while he wants to stay integral, he has to face the deeds of his fellow police officers.

The movie showcases the struggle of a man to overcome his past, the temptation of corruption and the triumph of one's will to remain true to what he believes in. The final sequence is similar to the one's of The Unforgiven or Taxi Driver and it provides a hymn to the human spirit. Stallone's perfomance is unforgettable and he should be nominated for an academy award. Do you think that it's an accident that his performance overshadows De Niro's and Keitel's appearences?

I believe that if Stallone did a movie like that right after his first 2 triumphs he could be leading a career similar to the one of De Niro's. But unfortunately, to all of us Sly's only capable of throwing hand grenades. Right Leonard Maltin?


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