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One Tough Cop (1998)

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A detective tries to remain loyal to his partner, and his best friend - a mobster.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duke Finnerly
Joey O'Hara
Richie La Cassa (as Mike McGlone)
Christopher Bregman ...
Gang Banger #1
Mike Santana ...
Gang Banger #2
Vito Rezza ...
Cop #1
Marium Carvell ...
Cop #2
Gunman Popi
Dana Dietl ...
Little Girl
Deirdre Coleman Imus ...
EMS Worker (as Deirdre Coleman)
Frankie 'Hot' Salvino
Wife Terry
FBI Agent Burt Payne


A detective tries to remain loyal to his partner, and his best friend - a mobster.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes the facts get lost in the headlines.


Action | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

9 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Acariciando la muerte  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$651,350, 11 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,220,906, 20 December 1998
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real Bo Dietle makes a cameo in the scene after he kills Frankie Hot. He is the detective on scene who directs Reagan to the character Bo sitting on the sidewalk. See more »


The undercover police car Bo and Duke drives changes from a Dodge to a Plymouth. See more »


Dietl: Being a cop gave me a chance to make a difference.
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Written by Walter Beasley
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cheesy cardboard undercover cops and mafia capo movie
15 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

top rate young turk actors, stephen baldwin and chris penn turn in painfully wooden portrayals of stereotypic undercover cops, baldwin: haunted good cop w/mafia boyhood friend and Penn: liqour/gambling addicted cop w/fatalist attitude...the FBI squeeze play is totally contrived, hackneyed and never advances the plot, the love interest sub-plot is under-developed and equally stilted...possibly the foreign (art film) director couldn't handle the material and/or properly motivate the cast...the subject matter and identical rape of a nun was masterfully done in "Bad Lieutenant" starring Harvey Keitel

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