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One Good Cop (1991)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 3 May 1991 (USA)
An NYPD Detective (Michael Keaton) and his struggle for justice, while taking care of his late partner's three little girls after he is killed in the line of duty.

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Heywood Gould

Writer:

Heywood Gould
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Artie Lewis
Rene Russo ... Rita Lewis
Anthony LaPaglia ... Stevie Diroma
Kevin Conway ... Lieutenant Danny Quinn
Rachel Ticotin ... Grace
Tony Plana ... Beniamino
Benjamin Bratt ... Felix
Charlayne Woodard ... Cheryl Clark
Grace Johnston ... Marian Diroma
Rhea Silver-Smith Rhea Silver-Smith ... Barbara Diroma
Blair Swanson Blair Swanson ... Carol Diroma
Victor Rivers ... Oreste
David Barry Gray ... Mickey Garrett
Lisa Arrindell ... Raisa
Rick Aiello ... Knudson
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Storyline

When NYPD detective Artie Lewis' colleague and friend is shot in a police operation, he and his wife Rita want to adopt his three little children. But they have to realize that their income doesn't suffice for the required larger home. So Artie decides to take the money from the drug-dealing mobster Benjamino. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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They killed his partner, threatened his family... Now he'll do anything to keep them alive... See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

We're Alive See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,276,846
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Original title was "We're Alive". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rita Lewis: Hey.
Artie Lewis: Hey.
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Connections

Remade as One 2 Ka 4 (2001) See more »

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The Poet
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Courtesy of Triple X Records
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One big emotional deception - and I'm not just talking about the plot; that goes for the audience, too.
24 July 2006 | by Howlin WolfSee all my reviews

This could have been a good plot had the screenplay wanted to delve deeply into the terrain of conflicted morals; instead of taking it for granted that we accept that the events that happen are the result of a man following his only logical option. It's utterly manipulative and trite film-making, with everybody concerned thinking that they can just throw us some closeups of big doe eyes, and we'll suddenly forget that this is NOT action taken by those wanting to claim superior motivation.

If you're driven to pursue illegality, then chances are you're desperate, but do you have to be boneheaded about it, too? Why not try to get some of your colleagues onside in the scheme? In for a penny in for a pound, after all... That would of course eliminate your 'lone man in search of justice' angle, but at least it would make more sense, instead of feeling like a dupe, which unfortunately seems to be the practice of the whole tale.

"One Good Cop" is suffocatingly mawkish. Were it not for the violence and improperly used talent involved, it could easily pass for a dreary teledrama instead of a fully-fledged motion picture. It's trying to convince us that it has a singular approach; but the reality is that its type is nothing but bland and needlessly ubiquitous, which is a far more depressing snapshot of how life and the movie business works than any of the faux emotions tossed our way here.


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