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Cop Car (2015)

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A small-town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.


Jon Watts
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Sheriff Kretzer
James Freedson-Jackson ... Travis
Hays Wellford ... Harrison
Camryn Manheim ... Bev
Shea Whigham ... Man
Sean Hartley Sean Hartley ... Motorcycle Cop
Kyra Sedgwick ... Dispatch (voice)
Loi Nguyen Loi Nguyen ... Waiter
Sit Lenh Sit Lenh ... Hostess
Chuck Kull Chuck Kull ... Officer #1
Thomas Coates Thomas Coates ... Officer #2
Kathleen Bentley Kathleen Bentley ... Trailer Park Lady
Justin Barr Justin Barr ... Guy in Trailer Park
Adam Barr Adam Barr ... Drunk at Intersection
Lily Heber Lily Heber ... Dog


A pair of ten-year-olds find an abandoned cop car in a field. When they take it for a joyride, it seems like they could kill themselves at any moment. But things only get worse when the small town sheriff goes looking for his missing car. The kids find themselves in the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse they don't understand and the only way out is to go as fast as their cop car can take them.

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The ride is just getting started. See more »


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Viatura See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA See more »


Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,146, 9 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$128,002, 23 August 2015
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The licence plate of the cop car, 149 PCE, is the same as David Mann's Plymouth Valiant in Duel (1971). See more »


When the kids tried to open the gate by pushing the car, the scene shows the car RPM that belong to Ford Crown Vic 2007 and up. However, the car in the movie is Ford Crown Vic 2002. See more »


[first lines]
Travis: [walking in an open field] Wiener.
Harrison: Wiener.
Travis: Boobs.
Harrison: Boobs.
Travis: Pussy.
Harrison: Pussy.
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Featured in Conan: Kevin Bacon/John H. Sununu/Maggie Maye (2015) See more »


There's Been Times
Written by John Mears and James Mears
Performed by The Mears Brothers
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Surreal adventure
30 August 2015 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

In my opinion 'Cop Car' can be described as a surreal adventure for two intrepid young souls. Two boys about 9 or 10 years old are taken with 'running away from home' and discover the world outside of their youthful knowledge & experience is more than they ever imagined.

Director/writer: Jon Watts and writer: Christopher D. Ford have smartly kept the dialog minimal and the setting vast and expansive. In doing this the viewer must concentrate solely on and only on the main characters - Kretzer, Travis & Harrison. These three are the story! In the grand open landscape they are the only movement & action to be seen.

The pacing of the movie takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride of tension and suspense. Just like a roller coaster the start is a slow climb up then the action starts. You do not know what is going to happen to the two intrepid boys (Travis & Harrison) while they are innocently on their own. Then Kretzer shows up and the tension builds and builds.

This is a fine bit of cinema - simple, fast, suspenseful - and only 4 main characters to concentrate on. I recommend watching this movie because anyone who likes a real 'seat gripper' gets a great payoff.

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