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Cop (1988)

An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him.

Director:

James B. Harris

Writers:

James Ellroy (novel), James B. Harris (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Lloyd Hopkins
Lesley Ann Warren ... Kathleen McCarthy
Charles Durning ... Dutch Peltz
Charles Haid ... Delbert 'Whitey' Haines
Raymond J. Barry ... Captain Fred Gaffney
Randi Brooks ... Joanie Pratt
Steven Lambert ... Bobby Franco
Christopher Wynne Christopher Wynne ... Jack Gibbs
Jan McGill Jan McGill ... Jen Hopkins
Vicki Wauchope Vicki Wauchope ... Penny Hopkins
Melinda Lynch Melinda Lynch ... Sarah Smith
John Petievich John Petievich ... Deputy
Dennis Stewart ... Lawrence 'Birdman' Henderson
Randy Pelish Randy Pelish ... Employee
Annie McEnroe ... Amy Cranfield
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Storyline

Lloyd Hopkins, a hard-boiled American police detective is on the trail of a mass murderer who is victimizing women in Los Angeles. The pursuit leads him through a world that has become his own natural habitat - a nasty world of crime, drugs, prostitution and male hustlers where "innocence kills" and continued exposure corrupts. Paradoxically, it's also a world of love, secret admirers, romantic feminist poets and modern chivalry. And for the viewer, it's the background for an exciting, suspense movie. Written by Dave Cook <cookd@mcmail.cis.mcmaster.ca>

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When a cop cares too much, how far is too far. [USA Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood on the Moon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,884,315
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the film garnered positive reviews, Atlantic, the studio behind the film, were encountering financial difficulties and could not publicize or advertise the film. See more »

Goofs

When Detective Hopkins is looking over the newspaper classifieds in the victim's apartment (around the ninth minute) the first advert circled in red is the last column of the newspaper, the second advert circled in red in the second newspaper is in the second last column to the right. In the very next scene however the circled advert is again in the last column of the newspaper even though the detective was clearly seen placing the first newspaper on the desk. See more »

Quotes

Lloyd Hopkins: Innocence kills, Jen! Believe me, it kills! I see it every fucking day of my life!
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Referenced in Spellbinder (1988) See more »

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Sleazy James Ellroy cop thriller
1 March 2007 | by Camera-ObscuraSee all my reviews

Based on the James Ellroy novel "Blood on the Moon", James Woods is LAPD detective Lloyd Hopkins who discovers the terribly mutilated corpse of a young woman and immediately starts comparing the scene with previously unsolved murders. He becomes convinced a serial killer is at work here, preying on women for the last fifteen years. Soon, more gruesome murders occur and detective Hopkins becomes a target himself. Detective Hopkins is the kind of amoral sleazeball that makes Dirty Harry seem like a little angel in comparison. He's the kind of cop that blows your date away, leaves his partner to clear the mess and then asks the woman if she needs a ride home and have some fun.

James Woods also co-produced with director James B. Harris, long time buddy of Stanley Kubrick and producer of THE KILLING (1957), PATHS OF GLORY 1958) and LOLITA (1962), who also wrote the script for this hard-edged cop thriller. I made the mistake expecting a really good film, mostly based on Woods' presence, the writings of James Ellroy, and Kubrick sidekick James B. Harris taking the directorial helm, but Harris hardly shines in that department. His direction is adequate, but not much more. Best to watch this as a gritty cop flick, trashy, cynical and sometimes a bit silly with plenty of misguided attempts at humor on account of leading man James Woods, always a plus, in any film. It's a reasonably well-executed cop thriller, but no classic. Expect an enjoyable slice of B-movie nonsense and you probably won't be disappointed.

Camera Obscura --- 7/10


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