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Cop Land (1997)

The sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community populated by New York City police officers 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 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 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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15 August 1997 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$44,886,089 (USA) (14 November 1997)
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In the scene in which Ray Liotta confronts Robert Patrick in the bar, the dart that Liotta shoves up Patrick's left nostril was made out of rubber. See more »

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When Sherriff Heflin is first talking to Lt. Tilden on the street (When Tilden believes Heflin just wrote him a parking ticket), Heflin is not wearing his gun belt. Then when he turns around to yell at some kids fighting in the ally he has it on. 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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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Won't You be My Neighbor?
Written by Fred Rogers
Performed by Ray Liotta
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The Good & Bad Of 'Cop Land'
11 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This star-studded cast was more impressive than the story, which is probably one reason this film wasn't a big box-office success. The names might draw people into the theater but it just wasn't a good enough story to attract more fans.

Only small-town sheriff "Freddy Heflin" played by Sylvester Stallone, is a good guy while the others, all New York City cops, are shown to be crooked. You can overdo the bad-guy thing, too, which Hollywood does and then probably doesn't understand why the movie isn't appealing to the masses. With Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Robert Patrick, Peter Berg, Michael Rapaport, Annabella Sciorra and others, this should have done better.

Having said all that, I go on record as saying I enjoyed the film, finding it intense in parts and it kept my interest. Could it and should it have been better? Yes. It's too hard-edged, profane and too sleazy. But if you like a tough crime film, here is one. I would watch it a second time.


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