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Scanner Cop (1994)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | Video May 1994
Sam Staziak, a rookie cop with the Los Angeles Police Department, is also a 'scanner' (psionic). When a string of murders begins to decimate the police department, Sam faces sensory ... See full summary »

Director:

Pierre David

Writers:

John Bryant, David Cronenberg (characters) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Quinn ... Samuel Staziak
Darlanne Fluegel ... Dr. Joan Alden
Richard Grove ... Commander Peter Harrigan
Mark Rolston ... Lieutenant Harry Brown
Richard Lynch ... Karl Glock
Hilary Shepard ... Zena
James Horan ... Melvin
Gary Hudson ... Damon Pratt
Cyndi Pass Cyndi Pass ... Sarah Kopek
Luca Bercovici ... Dr. Krench
Christopher Kriesa ... Riley
Savannah Smith Boucher ... Margaret Harrigan
Ben Reed ... Rick Kopek
Brion James ... Dr. Hampton
Elan Rothschild ... Young Samuel
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Storyline

Sam Staziak, a rookie cop with the Los Angeles Police Department, is also a 'scanner' (psionic). When a string of murders begins to decimate the police department, Sam faces sensory overload and possible insanity as he uses his powers to hunt the man responsible for the killings. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Imagine a cop who can read your mind... then blow it away.

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for strong violence and gore | See all certifications »
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USA | Canada | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1994 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Policajac skener See more »

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Ultra Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

Directorial debut for producer Pierre David. See more »

Goofs

When Sarah Kopek stabs her husband - twice - there's not a shred of blood on the knife, even though the knife penetrated halfway inside his body. See more »

Connections

References The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

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Stupid, yes, but surprisingly enjoyable!
8 June 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I really didn't expect ANYTHING from 'Scanner Cop', and only rented it to see two of my favourites Richard Lynch ('Open Season', 'The Ninth Configuration', 'Little Nikita') and the late Brion James ('Blade Runner', 'Crimewave', 'Tango & Cash') on screen together. The bad news is that they never share a scene, and that James only has a pointless cameo of around two minutes. The good news is that the movie is surprisingly enjoyable above average b-grade sci-fi action.

Daniel Quinn ('Wild At Heart') plays a young man with "scanner" powers who has been adopted by a kindly cop (Richard Grove - 'Army Of Darkness'). The movie begins showing how to two met but quickly flashes forward fifteen years with Quinn's first day as a rookie cop, Grove by this stage being police Commander. Cops, including Quinn's partner, suddenly begin getting murdered by seemingly normal citizens. Quinn finds himself on the trail of the criminal mastermind behind this fiendish plan (yup, you guessed it, it's Richard Lynch), but to do so he must stop taking the medication which suppresses his scanner powers. By doing this he risks permanent damage and possible insanity, so the case becomes a race against the clock, and one he can't afford to lose.

Stupid but fun, with Lynch at his most villainous, and having a hammy good time.


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