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Cop Land (1997)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Murray Babitch
Rose Donlan
PDA President Lassaro
Detective Carson
Frank Lagonda (as Arthur Nascarella)


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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,510,482, 17 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$44,886,089, 16 November 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,800,000, 1 February 1998
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, Ray Liotta wanted the role of Sheriff Freddy Heflin, while Sylvester Stallone wanted the role of Gary "Figgsy" Figgis. See more »


When Heflin enters his office with Tilden waiting there, Heflin's deputy is buttoning his shirt twice. See more »


[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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A police car's flashing light sweeps across the credits as they are displayed. See more »


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Written by Ralph Power
Performed by Joseph Kubek (as Smokin' Joe Kubek Band)
Courtesy of Rounder Records Corp.
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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User Reviews

not a bad turn for Stallone
11 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Mangold's second film, the corruption drama "Cop Land" stars Sylvester Stallone as Freddy Heflin, the much-denigrated sheriff of tiny Garrison, New Jersey, a community which - thanks to a technicality - is populated almost entirely by members of the New York City Police Department.

When young cop Murray "Superboy" Babitch (Michael Rapaport) becomes embroiled in a controversial shootout which leaves two black youths dead, he apparently commits suicide rather than face the wrath of an official investigation. In reality, however, he flees to safety back home in Garrison. In the wake of the controversial events, NYPD Internal Affairs lieutenant Moe Tilden (Robert DeNiro) arrives in Garrison to uncover the truth. He attempts to enlist Freddy to watch the watchmen, including Superboy's uncle, veteran cop Ray Donlan (Harvey Keitel); coked-out Gary Figgis (Ray Liotta); and Joey Randone (Peter Berg), the husband of the woman (Annabella Sciorra) Freddy loved and lost. A rich, complex film about redemption, "Cop Land"'s portrayal of Freddy's struggles to prove his worth mirrors Stallone's own return to thoughtful, character-driven drama after years of vacuous action roles. Like Freddy, he faces an uphill battle, fighting for respectability in the face of a superb cast including Janeane Garofalo, Cathy Moriarty and Paul Calderon.

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