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 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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Vous avez le droit de garder le silence...[French DVD release]. See more »


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Trivia

William Lustig: makes a brief cameo as a motel-manager. See more »

Goofs

During the climactic Pier 14 sequence, Cordell's extensive facial scarring is only seen in close-ups. In all the medium shots his face is clearly unscathed. See more »

Quotes

Frank McCrae: [shooting his gun] Cordell! Son-of-a-bitch!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

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Composed by Gail Jensen, Arnie Riddio
Vocals by Gail Jensen
© 1987 Jensen-Carradine Music
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Maniac Cop, A cool little action/horror flick.
25 February 2000 | by rev1ewmanSee all my reviews

Maniac Cop is a cool little movie. Made with a small budget and few known actors, I thought that it was going to be stupid and cheap looking. I was wrong. With an original script that features respective characters and a new horror villain, this film was very entertaining and well done. Unlike many horror and action movies of today, this film didn't need a huge budget to make it good. It just called for good direction and good use of low funds.What really made this film good was not just a cool hero like Bruce Campbell to root for, but the actual reality that some of the things in here could very well happen in real life, adding to the films scary mood. The main point of this flick is about a cop who was killed in prison by his fellow inmates(after being sent their for police brutality and murder)and then somehow returning to life to go back onto the streets and get revenge against not only criminals but against innocent people as well. It is then up to Bruce Campbell and company to put an end to the Maniac Cops murderous rampage and restore peace to the fearful city once again. I recommend this film and think you should rent it whenever you get the chance to. I give it two thumbs up. RATED R FOR STRONG ACTION, VIOLENCE/GORE,LANGUAGE, AND INTENSE SITUATIONS.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maniac Cop See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$671,382

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$671,382
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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