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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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:

CopLand  »

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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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| (director's cut) | (extended director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 videocassette and DVD. The Director's Cut was later passed uncut with a "15" rating. See more »


In the directors cut of the movie it is explained that Gary Figgis has changed his gun by picking up the Glock Jack Rucker dropped after being shot by Freddy Heflin. As they leave the house after the gun fight he drops the Glock back on the ground next to Rucker's body (presumably where he got it in the first place) 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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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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Written by Brad Hatfield
Performed by Brad Hatfield
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User Reviews

Stallone's Finest performance
7 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Copland is one of those film that gets better and better the more you watch it. The story is gripping and the acting in straight from the top drawer and top of the performances is from Sylvester Stallone. Not normally known for his acting ability, Stallone pulls out his finest performance .To say he is the best in this film is a massive compliment considering the company he performed with in Copland. Robert De niro , Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta all put in memorable displays , of which you would expect but Stallone still stands out. He plays the sheriff of a sleapy town called Garrison who's occupants are all members of the New York police Department.Because of an accident while saving someones life he is unable to pass the medical to get in the NYPD therefore as a sheriff he is not respected amongst the population of the town.He learns that an influential group of cops are crooked and are planning to kill to save their own necks. Totally Gripping. 8 out of 10.

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