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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.


James Mangold


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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)


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


No One Is Above The Law.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,510,482, 17 August 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The amount of soda in Moe Tilden's cup during Sheriff Heflins visit to the city. See more »


[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

A police car's flashing light sweeps across the credits as they are displayed. 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 »


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User Reviews

Oh My God..He Jumped!
5 May 2005 | by sol1218See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Leaving the Scores nightclub after a bachelor party for a fellow three seven precinct cop young Murrary "Superboy" Babitch, Michael Rapaport, gets in his car and drives to the George Washington Bridge on his way home to Garrison NJ.

As Babitch enters the bridge he's side-swiped by a car with two coke-heads that almost up-ends him. Moving along side the out-of-control car one of the occupants pull out what looks like a shotgun, it turned out to be a steering wheel club. As Babitch hits the breaks the car speeds away only to get blasted by Babitch from behind killing the two in the getaway car.

As the police and ambulance crews come on the scene they find that the two who Babitch shot dead were unarmed and that he may well be not only thrown out of the NYPD but have to serve time for homicide which cause Babitch to get very emotional. Before you know it he jumps to his death off the bridge, or did he? His body was never found.

Speeding through the town of Garrison the next day NYPD policemen Ray Dolan & Jack Rucker, Harvey Keitel & Robert Patrick, are stooped by the towns Sheriff Freddy Heflin and his deputy Cindy Betts, Sylvester Stallone and Janeane Garofalo. After Deputy Betts is given a lecture by the two cop on how she should be out looking to arrest criminals not giving tickets to fellow cops Freddy lets them leave without being ticketed. As the car drives away Freddy notices that the "dead" Babitch is in the back seat and that he's very much alive.

Police corruption and murder is the main theme of "Cop Land" with a cover up of a cop's suicide that unearths all the dirt that was swept under the rug in Garrison and in the 37th precinct over the last ten years. Financing the three seven precinct's cops houses in Garrison with low or no interest loans and the forgiving and forgetting about paying them off had the entire precinct working for the mob. Thus allowing the mob to push drugs and launder the drug money within it's, the three seven precinct, jurisdiction.

Not believing that Babitch is dead Interanal Affair let. Moe Tilden, Robert De Niro, starts to put the heat on the cops who are sticking to the story of Babtich sudden demise. Tildon starts to make some headway in the case which makes Donlan & Co. very nervous. They realize that they have to provide a body for the police investigation of Babitch's death to close the case. That body was to be that of Babitch himself!

Top notch police drama with Sylvester Stallone giving the best performance of his career as the sad-sack Freddy Heflin. Freddy because of an ear injury couldn't make the grade as a real cop and always looked up to the men of the three seven as his hero's. That's until he found out that they were anything but. With Babitch on the run after Dolan & Co. tried to murder him Freddy finds him hiding in a water tower with Figgys(Ray Liotta), another cop from Garrison, providing him with food and water. Friggy's also has it in for Dolan and his fellow corrupt cops for the murder of his partner Glenn Tunney three years ago.

Tunney was about to talk to a grand jury about police corruption and was mysteriously found murdered in his prison cell before he could testify. Figgsy correctly suspected it was Dolan who had Tunney done in. Freddy realizing that he has to talk to let. Tliden about what he knows but is told that the investigation was shut down by the mayor due to the pressure of the NYPD union. Which was ironic since the fact that it was Dolan, and his fellow cops, attempt to murder Babtich that made Freddy see the light! In the end Freddy had the whole bunch of dirty cops gunned down in a wild shoot-out. Freddy pull it all off with the help of Figgsy, in a "High Noon" like shootout on the, up until then, quite streets and crime-free and peaceful Garrison NJ. It turned out that if the criminal cops just waited another day or so they would have gotten away Scott-free with no one, like Sheriff Freddy Heflin, being motivated to uncover their criminal actions.

The movie "Cop Land" was a bit uneven and some of the plot-lines just didn't tie all the loose ends in the film together. The acting, especially that of Sylvester Stallone, more then made up for that and that's what makes "Cop Land" one of the best movie about police corruption ever made.

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