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Cop Land (1997)

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The Sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community, populated by New York City police officers, slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.

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James Mangold

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James Mangold
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Freddy Heflin
Harvey Keitel ... Ray Donlan
Ray Liotta ... Gary Figgis
Robert De Niro ... Moe Tilden
Peter Berg ... Joey Randone
Janeane Garofalo ... Deputy Cindy Betts
Robert Patrick ... Jack Rucker
Michael Rapaport ... Murray Babitch
Annabella Sciorra ... Liz Randone
Noah Emmerich ... Deputy Bill Geisler
Cathy Moriarty ... Rose Donlan
John Spencer ... Leo Crasky
Frank Vincent ... PDA President Lassaro
Malik Yoba ... Detective Carson
Arthur J. Nascarella ... Frank Lagonda (as Arthur Nascarella)
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Storyline

Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to become one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York City cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. Written by John Wiggins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No One Is Above The Law.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, strong language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

CopLand See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,510,482, 17 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$44,886,089, 16 November 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,800,000, 1 February 1998
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (extended director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The town of Garrison, New Jersey does not exist, but was based on, and shot in, the Northern New Jersey towns of Fort Lee and Edgewater. See more »

Goofs

When Moe Tilden first meets the crooked cops in the New Jersey coffee shop, you can see through the window that it's raining outside, with water dripping from the eaves of the building. When he walks outside to his car, not only is it not raining but the streets are dry. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Moe Tilden: [narrating] Every precinct has its cop bar - a private club - all blue. For the 3-7 it was the Four Aces, just across the river.
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Crazy Credits

Normally, the credits display the actor's name on the left side with the character's name on the right. The credits here are reversed. See more »

Alternate Versions

A newly released Special Edition DVD restores approximately 15 minutes of scenes that were cut or extended from the theatrical version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Burnin' for You
Written by Donald Roeser & Richard Meltzer
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult
(directors cut only)
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Stallone's Finest performance
7 December 2001 | by CharltonBoySee all my reviews

Copland is one of those film that gets better and better the more you watch it. The story is gripping and the acting in straight from the top drawer and top of the performances is from Sylvester Stallone. Not normally known for his acting ability, Stallone pulls out his finest performance .To say he is the best in this film is a massive compliment considering the company he performed with in Copland. Robert De niro , Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta all put in memorable displays , of which you would expect but Stallone still stands out. He plays the sheriff of a sleapy town called Garrison who's occupants are all members of the New York police Department.Because of an accident while saving someones life he is unable to pass the medical to get in the NYPD therefore as a sheriff he is not respected amongst the population of the town.He learns that an influential group of cops are crooked and are planning to kill to save their own necks. Totally Gripping. 8 out of 10.


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