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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

Writer:

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:

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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

Debbie Harry acted in the movie, but was edited out in the final cut. She explained on a live television special that although she was cut, she still got paid. See more »

Goofs

When Sherriff Heflin is first talking to Lt. Tilden on the street (When Tilden believes Heflin just wrote him a parking ticket), Heflin is not wearing his gun belt. Then when he turns around to yell at some kids fighting in the ally he has it on. 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 »


Soundtracks

Cant Seem to Make You Mine
Performed by The Seeds
Written by Sky Saxon
Published by Neil Music, BMI
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A better film than many reviewers originally thought
27 November 1999 | by Jerry BaustianSee all my reviews

I saw this file when it first came out and enjoyed it on a fairly superficial level. Now, after I've seen it again, I think it is a much better film. Not quite great, but excellent on many levels. Another reviewer has commented that Stallone's character is like in the first Rocky film, before all the Rambo BS. I agree. I think this is a showcase for great actors in an above-average script, with excellent directing. This is not a Stallone film, other actors could play this part, but he plays it to a T. Keitel is fantastic, as usual, De Niro and Liotta are okay. The subplot between Stallone and Sciorra, Freddy who once saved Liz from drowning when he was a kid, but he lost his hearing in one ear as a result and could never join the NYPD -- that's a powerful subplot that could have been more fully explored, but only at the expense of the main plot. All in all, a much better film than reviewers thought when it first came out, IMO.


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