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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Good TV Movie

Author: jmarcel from California
19 April 2000

One Tough Cop has a terrible title, but is a fun movie. More like a made for TV movie than a theatrical release, it nonetheless is entertaining. Chris Penn and Baldwin turn in good performances and the story, although cliche, is good enough to keep your attention. I gave it a 7/10.

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Decent cop drama.

Author: Brad K. from Wisconsin
19 August 1999

One Tough Cop was a film that had one of the best trailers I've ever seen. It made the film look like a fascinating and powerful police drama. The film however did not get even close to the expectations of the trailer. It wasn't bad however. Just not great. Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects, Fled) stars as a police officer whose best friends are all involved in the Mob. Despite a great record, he gets framed by Internal Affairs and has to decide between his friends or his job. Chris Penn (Deceiver, The Funeral) is very good in support as Baldwin's very much in debt partner. Gina Gershon (Face/Off, Palmetto) is ok as the love interest. But the film's biggest strength lies in Stephen Baldwin. Baldwin is one of the most underrated actors in my mind (mainly because of poor career choices), but here he delivers a strong performance that brings the film through all of its predictability. Recommended for Baldwin's performance mainly.

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Come on, People...

Author: cinestalker99
7 September 2002

...this would have been better off as an HBO or Showtime Original, but I liked the biographical look at rogue New York Cop Bo Deitl. I confess, I heard him on the Howard Stern Show, and thought he was notes, but the movie is tightly and carefully plotted and the characters were believable. If the film has a fault, the plot is almost too tight. Good performances by Stephen Baldwin, Gina Gershon, and Mike McGlone. I liked the opening sequence okay as well. Come on, it's a cop movie, and a decent one at that.

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

cheesy cardboard undercover cops and mafia capo movie

Author: anonymous from new york, new york
15 October 1998

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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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:


Author: km0925 from United States
1 February 2001

This a great movie about the true story of New York's greatest undercover officer. If you want to see a good undercover cop movie this is it. Bo Dietl fought against all the junkies on the street and when he went in the PD he had to fight off the brass to keep his job.

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

TV stuff

Author: ctomvelu from usa
12 May 2004

It dawned on me after watching this again today and reading some of the comments here what is really wrong with this supposedly true crime flick.

It plays like a TV movie, not a theatrical release. Therefore it cannot begin to compare to flicks like SERPICO and even COPLAND, which for whatever faults these films may have, they are real movies. This plays "flat," with ineptly staged scenes and bad acting, just like a TV movie or most TV shows. I can think of no earthly reason to recommend this, unless you want to see Stevie B. playing a tough-as-a-tissue cop.

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Betrayed By Speechifying and Stiff Setups

Author: LeonLouisRicci from United States
12 February 2013

Good performances can't quite save this Movie from a shallow and clichéd script in being much more than a standard good Cop with bureaucratic problems. Everything about this exercise in "based on a true story" story is thin and that keeps it from viewer investment and creative consummation.

There is a checklist of standard, gritty, crime solving with slim motivational backing. Laid out in front are the misunderstood macho, but sensitive, officer with a self-destructive partner in a corrupt system. He is unable to separate lifelong childhood friendships with Mobsters from professional duty.

This is the crux of this Crime Drama that is betrayed by speechifying and stiff setups. It is not a bad Movie, just one that demands more depth of insight and frankly, more involvement by the Writer and Director if they are to approach such a complicated scenario. Solving heinous crimes and the dismantling of a seasoned, successful law enforcement street Cop requires much more than this quickly moving and uneven attempt.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Being a cop gave me a chance to make a difference.

Author: lastliberal from United States
12 October 2007

Another story about a cop (Bo Dietl) that tries to do his job while still hanging on to his friends from the neighborhood. The fact that they are all mobsters gives the FBI an opportunity to blackmail him into working for them. He refuses and almost loses his badge.

Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects) play Dietl, trying to stay clear of the slime played by Amy Irving and Victor Slezak. Why she would take that role is beyond me. It stunk!

Of course, we have to have a hot babe, and who better to play that role that Gina Gershon (Bound, Love Matters, Sweet Revenge).

It was interesting seeing Captain Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle) playing a gangster role.

Based on a true character, it was OK, but you can probably find something better to watch.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

The beginning begins must to be fascinating, but the continuation is a little bit flat.

Author: lionel.willoquet ( from Nevers, France
20 July 2001

The New York policeman Stephen Baldwin partied with his childhood friend, the mafioso Mike McGlone. Their complicity draws the attention of FBI... Inspired by the life of the policeman Bo Dietl, this muscular whodunit interpreted by Stephen Baldwin ("The Usual Suspects") brushes a bitter and violent picture of the daily life in the New York police. The first quarter of an hour let augur a robust detective, bitter and restless film. But the continuation does not hold the initial promises. The intrigue, badly tied up, suffers from the Stephen Baldwin's transparent interpretation.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Not Too Good

Author: Big O-7 from Binghamton, NY
22 February 2000

This film is okay. The big drawback is that this is NOT a true story. The acting is fine, though Mike McGlone is a little hard to swallow (but there have certainly been worse performances that have gotten a lot more attention). It comes off as a film that reaches to be a Sidney Lumet production, but falls way short.

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