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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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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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No One Is Above The Law.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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15 August 1997 (USA)  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Patrick got the part after running into Peter Berg and Producer and Music Supervisor Meryl Poster, who were staying in the same hotel in New York City. He got the script, and then read for Writer and Director James Mangold a few days later. See more »

Goofs

When young Freddy Heflin breaks the side window of Liz Randone's car, the window clearly breaks before contact with Freddy's head. 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

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

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.53 (2013) See more »

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Stolen Car
Written by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Better than the other ones...
7 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie was always going to be interesting because it involves so many sides to the one story. There is an excellent balance established between all the factions involved in the case of a missing/dead police officer.

The characters for this sort of movie are very original, and their flaws are revealed just as much, if not more so than their strengths. This has to be Sylvester Stallone's career highlight, and goes to show that his talents are not necessarily best for action movies. And De Niro's understated but excellently played "Moe Tilden" leaves you wishing he was featured more. The scenes between these two characters are worth the viewing alone. Harvey Keitel as well, plays an excellent cop/quasi-crime boss.

It's a little soppy at times but overall a stand-out in it's genre.


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