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Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993)

R | | Action, Horror | 7 July 1993 (USA)
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

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The Maniac is back! See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MC3: Maniac Cop 3 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the church exteriors the same church was used that John Carpenter used in Prince of Darkness (1987). 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: [sighs] What's the prognosis?
Dr. Peter Myerson: [smiles] Stick 'er in a rock garden!
Det. Sean McKinney: I don't like your sense of humor.
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Alternate Versions

Also released in a Unrated version on VHS. See more »

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Follows Maniac Cop 2 (1990) See more »

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Third time is NOT the charm.
29 April 1999 | by ChoiBabySee all my reviews

A disappointing and lackluster entry in the MANIAC COP series. Though this film does have some competently staged action, MANIAC COP 3: BADGE OF SILENCE is unsettling and even tepid at times.

The plot revolves around a rookie police officer, Kate Sullivan (Caitlin Dulany) who is currently in a coma after being injured in the line of duty. After a violent shoot-out leaves several cops and civilians mortally wounded, Sullivan has been falsely accused of using excessive force. Meanwhile, Officer Matt Cordell (Robert Z'Dar, reprising his role) looks even more disgusting with a stone cold facade. He has an even worse attitude than before. Resurrected from beyond the grave by a voodoo priest, Cordell is more ticked off than ever. He is obsessed with revenge on the corrupt officials who have wrongly accused and convicted Sullivan.

It's up to Lt. Sean McKinney (Robert Davi, also a veteran of the MANIAC COP series) to stop Cordell before he precipitates yet another one of his own patented killing sprees, but frankly, it is too late...

MANIAC COP 3: BADGE OF SILENCE was definitely the most pretentious entry in the truly well made MANIAC COP series. There is a lack of excitement in this film, and there is no sense of sympathy for any of the main characters. The acclamation for the most amusing character though goes to actor Jackie Earl Haley as convicted felon, Frank Jessup. He is in top form as a psychopath who shoots first without thinking about the consequences beforehand. Still, there are no true, likable characters to root for, and too many flashback sequences have been used to kill time. MANIAC COP 3: BADGE OF SILENCE had slightly better action than the first film even though most of the events in this MANIAC COP sequel are confined in a hospital. However, the picayune story is missing any unique plot twists or unexpected surprises.

Yes, there are some inept one-liners, but the attempted black humor in this film is more alienating than funny. Last, though there are some new characters in this film, there is no new creativity in the film's formulaic format. The car chase scene especially in the end where Officer Cordell is "burning with rage" while pursuing McKinney and his friend may be deviant, but it is certainly drowsy. Stick with the first two entries in the MANIAC COP series; do not go for this second sequel. This film is bereft of intriguing ideas.

Look for character actor Robert Forster in a role as a doctor who gets a "first hand" experience at learning the dangers of radiation...

RATING: *1/2 out of ****.


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