Cop Land

Cop Land

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Director: James Mangold

Cast: James Mangold, Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta

     
 

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The second film from writer/director James Mangold, the corruption drama Cop Land stars Sylvester Stallone as Freddy Heflin, the much-denigrated sheriff of tiny Garrison, NJ, 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)See more details below

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Overview

The second film from writer/director James Mangold, the corruption drama Cop Land stars Sylvester Stallone as Freddy Heflin, the much-denigrated sheriff of tiny Garrison, NJ, 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 shoot-out 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 De Niro) arrives in Garrison to uncover the truth, attempting to enlist Freddy to help 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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Sylvester Stallone puts his acting chops on display here and does a pretty good job. Playing a patsy New Jersey sheriff and New York cop wannabe, Stallone used the stillness and passivity that marked much of his acting in the Rambo and Rocky series (when he wasn't tearing people's heads off, that is) and put on about 40 pounds to show just how serious he was. As for the story, Cop Land plays like High Noon with a New Jersey accent: it takes way too long to reach its shoot-'em-up finish. It's a lean film, with uniformly fine performances from Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Annabella Sciorra, Ray Liotta, and Michael Rapaport, among others, but ultimately it's not very interesting.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2011
UPC:
0031398145707
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
11,964

Special Features

Feature Commentary with Writer/Director James Mangold, Producer Cathy Konrad, Sylvester Stallone and Robert Patrick; Cop Land: The Making of an Urban Western; Deleted scenes; Storyboard comparison

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Freddy Heflin
Harvey Keitel Ray Donlan
Ray Liotta Gary Figgis
Robert De Niro Moe Tilden
Peter Berg Joey Randone
Janeane Garofalo Dep. Cindy Betts
Robert Patrick Jack Rucker
Michael Rapaport Murray Babitch
Cathy Moriarty Rose Donlan
Annabella Sciorra Liz Randone
Noah Emmerich Deputy Bill Geisler
Deborah Harry Delores
John Spencer Leo Crasky
Frank Vincent PDA President Lassaro
Arthur Nascarella Detective Carson
Malik Yoba Detective Carson

Technical Credits
James Mangold Director,Screenwriter
Vebe Borge Asst. Director
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Lester Cohen Production Designer
Eric Alan Edwards Cinematographer
Christopher Goode Associate Producer
Kevin King Associate Producer
Cathy Konrad Producer
Wing Lee Art Director
Ellen Lutter Costumes/Costume Designer
Craig McKay Editor
Richard Miller Associate Producer
Kerry Orent Co-producer
Meryl Poster Executive Producer
Howard Shore Score Composer
Ezra Swerdlow Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Karin Wiesel Set Decoration/Design
Cary Woods Producer

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