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Cop (1988)

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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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He's a cop with the odds against him ... it's time to even the score See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The studio behind the picture, Atlantic Entertainment Group, had produced teen, or youth orientated films early in their existence. Atlantic were eager to expand and produce adult content with stars attached. When writer/director James B. Harris pitched the script, with James Woods attached as the star, Atlantic immediately agreed to finance and distribute. See more »

Goofs

At about 1:30, when Hopkins (James Woods) is on the pay phone talking to Peltz (Charles Durning) telling Peltz that he (Hopkins) has killed a cop and that he might need some help, Peltz is wearing an ugly plaid sports coat with a tan shirt and a brown striped tie. Moments later, at the scene of the shooting, Peltz is wearing a tan coat with a blue shirt and a paisley tie. See more »

Quotes

Delbert 'Whitey' Haines: I don't know man, I don't know. You can pull that trigger until you blow my head off but I cannot tell you what I don't know.
Lloyd Hopkins: You piece of shit.
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Connections

References Three's Company (1976) See more »

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A great Friday night matinee...
3 February 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Extremely entertaining film about a cop (Woods) who tries to hunt down a criminal who is murdering women downtown in an apparently random order. I saw this on AMC one Friday night, very late, and I was blown away. Great acting, particularly by James Woods, and just a very fine film with a good fade-to-black ending.

It's sort of dumb and predictable sometimes, but it's one of the best endings I can remember in recent years.

4/5 stars.

  • John Ulmer


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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:

$1,984,315

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,984,315
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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