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Cop Land


In a New Jersey town where a lot of NYPD officers live, the death of two Black teens attracts the attention of an internal affairs investigator (Robert De Niro). James Mangoldā€™s breakthrough film is a story about police corruption, its locations inspired by the place he grew up, its look and style borrowed from the 1970s movies he used to watch. This was a chance for Sylvester Stallone to show his acting chops as the out-of-shape sheriff whoā€™s deaf in one ear; eventually, heā€™s going to need to find the courage to stand up for himself and his town. A dynamite cast, lots of tension and an explosive denouement compensate for a less than original script.

1997-U.S. 105 min. Color. Produced byĀ Cathy Konrad, Ezra Swerdlow, Cary Woods. Written and directed byĀ James Mangold. Music: Howard Shore. Cast: Sylvester Stallone (Freddy Heflin), Harvey Keitel (Ray Donlan), Ray Liotta (Gary Figgis), Robert De Niro (Moe Tilden), Peter Berg, Janeane Garofaloā€¦ Robert Patrick, Annabella Sciorra, John Spencer, Edie Falco, Deborah Harry, Method Man.

Trivia: John Travolta was allegedly considered for the part of Freddy.Ā 

Last word: “I remember getting the idea for the movie while driving on the Palisades Parkway, and thinking about how to transpose a Western movie template onto what you might call a 1970s Sidney Lumet film ā€“ to make a film about these communities that were all interconnected, yet at war. I had this idea of a town that would exist and that would be similar to the town I grew up in ā€“ only exaggerated to be 100 percent cops.” (Mangold, Vulture)



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