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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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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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How far will one man go to be a good father and stay...One Good Cop 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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Original title was "We're Alive". See more »

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[first lines]
Rita Lewis: Hey.
Artie Lewis: Hey.
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References The Transformers (1984) See more »

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Well-intentioned, but not all that plausible.
26 November 2018 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Michael Keaton is good, as usual, in the role of Artie Lewis, an NYPD detective who must endure one of the time-honoured cliches of the cop drama: the death of his partner (Anthony LaPaglia). However, LaPaglia was the single dad to three adorable daughters, and in his will he had given custody of the girls to Artie and his wife (Rene Russo). They do prove to be good parental figures (she'd been unable to bear her own children), but all of the problems facing them (inadequate housing for the new family, and a supposed dearth of funds) prompt Artie to do something crooked for once: rob a drug dealer (an effectively smooth and slimy Tony Plana).

The script by veteran screenwriter Heywood Gould ("Rolling Thunder", "Fort Apache, the Bronx") has its share of problems; not only is it predictable and manipulative, but it's scarcely believable. Too many story twists are hard to buy, especially that ridiculous ending. The film is still reasonably entertaining in a visceral way, and Gould maintains an effective forward momentum; Keaton and his excellent supporting cast are so compulsively watchable that they compensate for a fair bit. "One Good Cop" has some decent action, and violence, and makes good use of some NYC locations.

Keaton is compelling in the lead. While you may not always find his character credible, there's no doubt that the star will always be able to do some true heavy lifting, both comedically and dramatically. The rest of the cast plays like a who's who of Hollywood players: Russo, LaPaglia, Kevin Conway, Rachel Ticotin, Plana, Benjamin Bratt, Charlayne Woodard, Victor Rivers, Mike Hagerty, J.E. Freeman, Kevin Corrigan, Vondie Curtis-Hall, etc.

Highly recommended to Michael Keaton fans, even in light of the flaws.

Six out of 10.


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