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No Man's Land (1987)

A rookie cop goes undercover and infiltrates a car thief ring.

Director:

Peter Werner

Writer:

Dick Wolf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Ted Varrick
D.B. Sweeney ... Benjy Taylor
Lara Harris ... Ann Varrick
Randy Quaid ... Lieutenant Vincent Bracey
Bill Duke ... Malcolm
R.D. Call ... Frank Martin
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Lieutenant Curtis Loos
M. Emmet Walsh ... Captain Haun
Al Shannon Al Shannon ... Danny
Bernie Pock Bernie Pock ... Ridley
Kenny Endoso Kenny Endoso ... Leon
James F. Kelly James F. Kelly ... Brandon
Lori Butler ... Suzanne
Clare Wren ... Deborah
Philip Benichou Philip Benichou ... Michel
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Storyline

Benjy Taylor is a rookie cop who goes undercover to nab a gang of car thieves led by Ted Varrick. Taylor becomes too involved and starts to enjoy the thrill and lifestyle of the car thieves, and falls in love with Varrick's sister Ann. Written by Matt <matt@measham.force9.net>

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Once you get a taste of the good life, it's hard to let go. Even if your life depends on it. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

260 chrono See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,088,273, 25 October 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,877,571
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Charlie Sheen plays the ringleader of a Los Angeles auto-theft cartel. In The Rookie (1990), he plays an L.A. cop on the trail of a chop-shop ring. See more »

Goofs

The car chase scene between the silver Porsche and the blue Camaro contains many inconsistencies. The Porsche's left rear passenger window disappears and reappears between shots before the scene where the Camaro passenger destroys it with a shotgun. Before the climax of the chase, the Camaro's front end is damaged, but there are no scenes showing how it got damaged during the scene. See more »

Quotes

Benjy Taylor: Damn! I almost had it!
Ted Varrick: Yeah, no shit.
Benjy Taylor: I wanna go back and get that car.
Ted Varrick: Awww, c'mon, what are you? Out of your mind?
Benjy Taylor: Obviously.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 1m 5 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of a car being broken into and hot-wired. The cuts were waived in the 2005 MGM DVD. See more »


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I'M WALKING
Written by David Bartholomew (as D. Bartholomew) and Fats Domino (as A. Domino)
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Surprisingly bland
1 October 2009 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Despite starring Charlie Sheen, who has been hot for the past several years from starring in a top-rated sitcom, "No Man's Land" seems to have been all but forgotten. In fact, I have NEVER seen this movie broadcast on television - I had to rent this over the Internet to see it.

Before seeing it, I thought that maybe since the movie was rated "R", that's why I had never seen it on television. But to my surprise, the "R" rating for this movie seems a bit harsh. There's no nudity, no (onscreen) sex, there are only a few utterances of the harshest swear words (which could easily be overdubbed), and the limited violence on display could easily be shown on a television drama. The movie feels more like a PG-13.

The above is a big clue as to why I felt this movie didn't work. It's lacking grit - it feels bland and without passion. At times it feels like it was made for television. It's not only with the direction, but with the performances as well - none of the actors here seem to be very enthusiastic, and the only thing colorful about them is Randy Quaid's weird hairstyle.

One positive thing I can say about the movie is that unlike other '80s movies, this one hasn't dated that much. But that is not enough to save the movie.

P.S. - MGM's DVD of the movie is pretty bad. Not only is the movie presented full-frame, and using what seems to be an older print not made especially for this DVD, the colors frequently seem off somewhat.


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