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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 »

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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

The role of Ray Donlan was first intended for John Spencer. See more »

Goofs

Freddy wears the U.S. flag on his right sleeve but the canton is on the left. When worn as insignia the canton should face the front. 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

References Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Train to Nowhere
Written and Performed by Conrad
(directors cut only)
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not a bad turn for Stallone
11 September 2003 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

Mangold's second film, the corruption drama "Cop Land" stars Sylvester Stallone as Freddy Heflin, the much-denigrated sheriff of tiny Garrison, New Jersey, a community which - thanks to a technicality - is populated almost entirely by members of the New York City Police Department.

When young cop Murray "Superboy" Babitch (Michael Rapaport) becomes embroiled in a controversial shootout which leaves two black youths dead, he apparently commits suicide rather than face the wrath of an official investigation. In reality, however, he flees to safety back home in Garrison. In the wake of the controversial events, NYPD Internal Affairs lieutenant Moe Tilden (Robert DeNiro) arrives in Garrison to uncover the truth. He attempts to enlist Freddy to watch the watchmen, including Superboy's uncle, veteran cop Ray Donlan (Harvey Keitel); coked-out Gary Figgis (Ray Liotta); and Joey Randone (Peter Berg), the husband of the woman (Annabella Sciorra) Freddy loved and lost. A rich, complex film about redemption, "Cop Land"'s portrayal of Freddy's struggles to prove his worth mirrors Stallone's own return to thoughtful, character-driven drama after years of vacuous action roles. Like Freddy, he faces an uphill battle, fighting for respectability in the face of a superb cast including Janeane Garofalo, Cathy Moriarty and Paul Calderon.


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