Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, 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 City 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
The film was released into cinemas uncut in the UK with a '15' rating, but the BBFC (the British censors) felt they had been too lenient and the same version was upgraded to an '18' rating for video and DVD. The Director's Cut was later passed uncut with a '15' rating. See more »
When Freddy heads into NYC to meet with Tilden and IA, he walks under a PATH train sign as he walks up a stairway and then is right in the heart of City Hall and One Police Plaza, so the premise is that he took the PATH train from Hoboken to City Hall/One Police Plaza area - that isn't possible. The Path train would let him off a few blocks away at the World Trade Center area. In reality, Stallone was walking out of a subway station in City Hall with a fake PATH sign added by the director. See more »
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 »
This movie was always going to be interesting because it involves so many sides to the one story. There is an excellent balance established between all the factions involved in the case of a missing/dead police officer.
The characters for this sort of movie are very original, and their flaws are revealed just as much, if not more so than their strengths. This has to be Sylvester Stallone's career highlight, and goes to show that his talents are not necessarily best for action movies. And De Niro's understated but excellently played "Moe Tilden" leaves you wishing he was featured more. The scenes between these two characters are worth the viewing alone. Harvey Keitel as well, plays an excellent cop/quasi-crime boss.
It's a little soppy at times but overall a stand-out in it's genre.
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