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Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993)

A female cop is gunned down and wrongly accused of using excessive force in a hostage rescue attempt. Maniac cop returns from the dead once more to seek revenge, destroying everthing and ... See full summary »

Director:

William Lustig

Writers:

Larry Cohen (characters), Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Davi ... Det. Sean McKinney
Robert Z'Dar ... Matt Cordell
Caitlin Dulany ... Dr. Susan Fowler
Gretchen Becker ... Katie Sullivan
Paul Gleason ... Hank Cooney
Jackie Earle Haley ... Frank Jessup
Julius Harris ... Houngan
Grand L. Bush ... Willie (as Grand Bush)
Doug Savant ... Dr. Peter Myerson
Robert Forster ... Dr. Powell
Bobby Di Cicco ... Bishop
Frank Pesce ... Tribble
Lou Diaz Lou Diaz ... Leon
Brenda Varda ... Lindsey
Vanessa Marquez ... Terry
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Storyline

A female cop is gunned down and wrongly accused of using excessive force in a hostage rescue attempt. Maniac cop returns from the dead once more to seek revenge, destroying everthing and anyone that stands in his way. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They thought the terror had been terminated...but they were wrong! See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for language and some drug content (edited for re-rating) | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Badge of Silence: Maniac Cop III See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite being set in New York, filming clearly took place in Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

When Detective Sean McKinney passes through a metal detector after handing his gun to a security guard, the metal detector does not trigger for the metal in McKinney's badge. See more »

Quotes

Det. Sean McKinney: I can't imagine the kind of pain you feel Matt. I'm not gonna pretend to. But don't condemn her to the same fate. She deserves better. You cleared her. She's at peace. Let her go, Matt. Let her go.
Matt Cordell: *talking to the voo-doo man* "Finish it!
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Alternate Versions

Some extreme violent acts were cut from the original NC-17 version so film could receive an R rating. See more »

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Follows Maniac Cop 2 (1990) See more »

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A bigger chin than Bruce Campbell returns
28 January 2013 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

Former killer cop, officer Cordell is resurrected to take care of some unfinished business and exact revenge on those who have disgraced a policewoman shot in the line of duty.

Despite being made in 1993 Badge of Silence reeks of the 80s farmore than Cordells rotten flesh, basically it's part slasher flick, part cop shoot 'em up. There's stunt doubles, car chases and cops on the edge. To its credit Larry Cohen's Maniac Cop 3 story touches on some topical issues, problems with gun crime, the TV/press manipulation and corrupt officials.

With a hint of the Bride of Frankenstein and a more blatant supernatural overtone Robert Z'Dar is reduced to a zombie with a bigger chin than Bruce Campbell as wronged cop Matt Cordell. It feels like Z'Dar has less to do this time around and through no fault of his own his character is a shade of grey with his motivations as murky as cities officials.

The casting is above par for this kind of flick. Robert Davi is on form as usual, returning as Det. Sean McKinney and pretty much owns each scene with a Dirty Harry grimace. Top character actors Robert Forster and Paul Gleason have welcomed bit parts with Ted Raimi putting in cameo.

Where as part one shocked because of its daylight surprise setting, two because of its dark tone, grit and seediness, part three is most notable for being the darkest looking instalment lacking it's own identity - it feels like an episode of the Equalizer starring The Terminator in places. However, where the aforementioned parts were low budget with a big budget results, edgy and delivered shocks, three falls short feeling rushed and underdeveloped retreading the antagonists past and redemption. Nevertheless, to director William Lustig's credit and writer Cohen part 3 manages to mix a voodoo element on the gritty police backdrop successfully unlike for example Halloween 6 which followed two years later.

Overall, while not as entertaining nor as well executed as its predecessor it's worth seeing if only for Caitlin Dulany and Davi's performances and also to hear Joel Goldsmith overlooked score.


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