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Maniac Cop (1988)

A killer dressed in a police uniform begins murdering innocent people on the streets of New York City.

Director:

William Lustig

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Atkins ... Frank McCrae
Bruce Campbell ... Jack Forrest
Laurene Landon ... Theresa Mallory
Richard Roundtree ... Commissioner Pike
William Smith ... Captain Ripley
Robert Z'Dar ... Matt Cordell
Sheree North ... Sally Noland
Nina Arvesen ... Regina Sheperd (as Nina Aversen)
Nick Barbaro Nick Barbaro ... Councilman
Lou Bonacki ... Detective Lovejoy
Barry Brenner ... Coroner
Victoria Catlin ... Ellen Forrest
James Dixon ... Clancy (as Jim Dixon)
Corey Michael Eubanks ... Bremmer (as Corey Eubanks)
Jill Gatsby ... Cassie Philips
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Storyline

Innocent people are being brutally murdered on the streets of New York City by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and City Hall attempts a cover-up, Frank McCrae heads the investigation. A young cop, Jack Forrest, finds himself under arrest as the chief suspect, having been the victim of a set-up by the real killer and a mysterious woman phone-caller. Forrest, his girlfriend Theresa, and McCrae set out to solve the puzzle before the Maniac Cop can strike again. Written by Mr_John_Barrymore

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Din iad See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$188,348, 15 May 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$671,382
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Campbell admits that he only did the film because he needed work. He also admits that the film wasn't any good. See more »

Goofs

When Theresa is trying to escape Cordell, the corpse of the police sergeant he's just stabbed helpfully moves out of the way so that she can throw a stool through the window. See more »

Quotes

Commissioner Pike: Tell me something, when was the last time YOU had a mental test?
Frank McCrae: ...anytime, Commissioner.
Commissioner Pike: As a matter of fact, didn't you try to shoot yourself a couple of years back?
Frank McCrae: ...gun went off.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 5 secs by the BBFC to remove closeup shots of Cordell's back and face being slashed during the shower scene. The Synergy DVD featured the same cut print though the 2004 extended version released by Optimum was fully uncut. See more »

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Soundtracks

Shot Full of Your Love
Composed by Gail Jensen
Vocals by Gail Jensen
© 1987 Jensen-Carradine Music
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Cult camp class!
3 October 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

To be honest, I absolutely love trash like this! Maniac Cop is a film that clearly isn't too caught up with trying to establish itself alongside the more professional efforts of the horror genre, and instead simply revels in it's B-movie status. This gives the film free reign to do whatever it wants to do, as it doesn't have to worry about coherency or logic and this helps it massively as the final result shows. Actually, surprisingly enough; this is a rather professionally handled B-movie and many of the reasons why it works are down to things like atmosphere and characters, which are the things that the film isn't supposed to be bothered about. The plot is well worked also, and the way that the mystery pans out is exciting in all the right places. The story follows a problem in New York. Innocent citizens are turning to the police for help as usual; but one officer isn't bowing to the law, and has taken it upon himself to dish out justice his own way. This maniac cop is exterminating the local population, and it's up to framed copper Jack Forrest and his mistress Theresa Mallory to save the day!

The way that director William Lustig portrays the New York streets gives this film a lot of it's power. It's gritty, in the same way that many of the seventies cop thrillers were and this, when combined with the thick eighties trash crust, is what makes this film a winner. The scenes that see the maniac cop taking people out are fiendishly funny, but also quite shocking. The police are looked up to in most societies, and it would be a huge problem if one of them were to start dishing out the wrong kind of law themselves. Scriptwriter and B-movie god Larry Cohen seems keen to portray this too, with much of the action taking in the panic that previous events have caused. One of this film's main assets is definitely the presence of Evil Dead's Ash, Bruce Campbell. Campbell isn't quite as over the top as he was in Sam Raimi's classic trilogy - but he's playing a different character and just seeing him is a good reason to see this film. He is joined by fellow B-movie actor Tom Atkins, as well as Laurene Landon and Robert Z'Dar, who is perfectly cast in the title role. This isn't a film that will please fans of serious movies - but if you like your silly B-grade films, you'll definitely like this!


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