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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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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

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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 »

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Mel Gorham and Harvey Keitel appeared in Blue in the Face (1995) and Smoke (1995). See more »

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When Freddy heads into NYC to meet with Tilden and IA, he walks under a PATH train sign as he walks up a stairway and then is right in the heart of City Hall and One Police Plaza, so the premise is that he took the PATH train from Hoboken to City Hall/One Police Plaza area - that isn't possible. The Path train would let him off a few blocks away at the World Trade Center area. In reality, Stallone was walking out of a subway station in City Hall with a fake PATH sign added by the director. See more »

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[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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Finally, a role that shows Stallone's true talent
28 May 2001 | by Predator-11See all my reviews

Many people see Silvester Stallone as just another action movie hero who can't do anything but that. However, unlike other action movie stars, (Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, Seigal etc..) Stallone made his breakthrough with a movie that wasn't really an action movie at heart. He gave forth an excellent performance in Rocky and set a standard for himself that just seemed to fall and fall as his career progressed. He starred in cheesy action movie role after cheesy action movie role until finally people began associating him with nothing but that. Now finally, over twenty years after Rocky, Stallone comes back and shows people that he can be more than an action hero if he wants to. Stallone's performance in Cop Land shows vulnerability, anger, admiration, fear and many other emotions that were rarely present in any of his movie except Rocky. I'm sorry to say that I was one of the many people who took Cop Land for granted when it came to theaters simply because I didn't believe Stallone could do anything but cheesy action movies. Today, I finally rented it out of pure curiosity and was shocked at how far I was from the truth.

Cop Land is a very well made film about a small town that corrupt New York City cops have made their haven. Stallone plays the sheriff of the town, Freddy Heflin, who wanted to be NYPD but couldn't due to a hearing disorder. When Murray 'Superboy' Babitch (Michael Rapaport) shoots and kills two drugged up teenagers when he mistakes a steering wheel club for a gun in a high speed chase, his friends come in to help him. But their far-fetched plan starts to come down on them when Moe Tilden (Robert De Niro) from Internal Affairs begins investigating Superboy's alleged suicide. Things begin to go seriously wrong from here and Freddy is caught right in the middle. I thought that Stallone would have been upstaged by all his great co-stars like Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro, but I was wrong. Stallone comes out perfectly as an aging cop with smashed dreams faced with a moral dilemma he doesn't know how to solve. In many ways he idolizes these big time New York cops but he knows that many of the things they do are wrong. In many ways Stallone's performance is far superior to that of his co-stars as he exhibits more depth and character development than any of them.

Cop Land is a somewhat unknown gem that many people overlooked for the wrong reasons. If you have any interest in the genre I would highly recommend it. Cop Land is probably the second best police murder/crime drama I've seen, only behind L.A. Confidential. At times the story has something to be desired and unlike L.A. Confidential is drags in some parts but the fantastic performances by every cast member more than make up for these minor flaws. I give Cop Land 8 stars out of 10.


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