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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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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$44,886,089 (USA) (14 November 1997)
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The sandwich scene in Robert De Niro's office was Stallone's first day shooting. The sandwiches, which were an afterthought for the actors' lunch, were improvised into the scene by De Niro. See more »

Goofs

The unit Moe Tilden works for would never be referred to as "IA" or "IAD" by NYPD officers. It is the "Internal Affairs Bureau" and referred to as "IAB" by NYPD officers. In fact, if you read Moe Tilden's card it says "Internal Affiars Bureau." 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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Crazy Credits

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 Sweet Smell of Success (1957) See more »

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Chain Smokin'
Written by Joe Kubek
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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A better film than many reviewers originally thought
27 November 1999 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I saw this file when it first came out and enjoyed it on a fairly superficial level. Now, after I've seen it again, I think it is a much better film. Not quite great, but excellent on many levels. Another reviewer has commented that Stallone's character is like in the first Rocky film, before all the Rambo BS. I agree. I think this is a showcase for great actors in an above-average script, with excellent directing. This is not a Stallone film, other actors could play this part, but he plays it to a T. Keitel is fantastic, as usual, De Niro and Liotta are okay. The subplot between Stallone and Sciorra, Freddy who once saved Liz from drowning when he was a kid, but he lost his hearing in one ear as a result and could never join the NYPD -- that's a powerful subplot that could have been more fully explored, but only at the expense of the main plot. All in all, a much better film than reviewers thought when it first came out, IMO.


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