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Cop Land (1997)

R  |   |  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:

$13,510,482 (USA) (15 August 1997)

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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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After Babitch is on the run he is visiting Heflin asking for help. When Babitch is at the door still in the shadow his mouth is clearly saying something, but we hear nothing. See more »

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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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Show You What They See
Written by Ralph Power
Performed by The Smokin' Joe Kubek Band (as Smokin' Joe Kubek Band)
Courtesy of Rounder Records Corp.
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Well played, if unlikely thriller
28 January 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Freddie Heflin is a sheriff in a New Jersey suburb mainly populated by NYPD cops seeking a break from the big city. Freddie lives in awe of the cops, unable to join due to deafness in one ear. However he is forced to confront Donlan and his colleagues when an IA officer Tilden begins to investigate the killing of two unarmed black men by, and subsequent suicide of Donlan's nephew Murray Babitch.

This `independent' thriller boast a deep cast and certainly had a lot to shout about in the run up to it's release. The problem is with the actual story that the film has to work with. The start is exciting with Babitch's killing of two black motorists but it is also quite stretched. Similarly the denouncement is exciting but is quite easy to see it coming. However the middle section is good, as it relies on the characters and the actors to develop the story - although there is probably too much history to squeeze into a short time.

Stallone proves that he can act, being excellent in a particularly unglamorous role, carrying extra weight for the part and looking like he took lessons from De Niro. The rest of the cast would find it hard to be bad - De Niro and Harvey Keitel rekindle their Scorsese partnership and both are good here. Liotta, Rapaport, Patrick and Sciorra are all excellent in smaller roles. Even small roles are played by heavyweights - Emmerich, Moriarty, Spencer, Vincent and Garofalo (who only seems to have 2 scenes!)

Overall the film benefits from a fantastic cast but needed a much stronger plot to justify the depth of the performances.


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