Cop Land (1997)



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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) becomes embroiled in a controversial shoot-out which leaves two black youths dead, he apparently commits suicide rather than face the … More

Rating: R (for violence, strong language, and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: James Mangold
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 3, 2001
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as Freddy Heflin

as Ray Donlan

as Gary Figgis

as Moe Tilden

as Joey Randone

as Dep. Cindy Betts

as Jack Rucker

as Murray Babitch

as Liz Randone

as Dep. Bill Geisler

as Rose Donlan

as Leo Crasky

as PDA President Lassar...

as Det. Carson

as Hector--Medic

as Lassaro's Aide

as Medic No. 2

as Black Man

as Black Woman

as Thin Cop

as Young Cop

as TV Cyril Johns

as News Anchor

as Officer B

as Tony/Wincing Cop

as Shondel

as Other Cop

as Game Operator

as Monica

as Spanish Woman

as Young Freddy

as Young Liz

as Window Yeller

as Police Chaplain

as IA Detective No. 1

as IA Detective No. 2--...

as Little Kid with Gord...

as Funeral Reporter

as News Segment Video C...

as Chaplain at Joey's F...

as Counselor Burt Kande...

as Liz's Daughter

as Ceremonial Officer

as Head Pall Bearer/Fla...

as Exiting Cop

as Deli Lady

as Chief of Police

as Officer in Alleyway

as Officer in Alleyway

as Sergeant in Alleyway

as Core Cop `Johnny B'

as Toy Torillo

as Plaza Cop No. 1

as Plaza Cop No. 2

as Plaza Cop No. 3

as Plaza Cop No. 4

as Plaza Cop No. 5

as Plaza Cop No. 6

as News Anchor
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Critic Reviews for Cop Land

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (19)

Mangold certainly knew what he was doing when he cast Keitel and De Niro.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Cop Land shares its leading man's slow-wittedness, but also his likability.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Top Critic

Mangold is something of a pseudo-Scorsese.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Top Critic

It's pretty funny, actually, that Stallone gained 40 pounds to play this role, and what the movie needs more than anything else is to eat a salad and do some sit-ups.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Top Critic

Although too simplistic in its good-guys/bad-guys approach to morally and emotionally ambiguous material, Cop Land emerges as an absorbing and dramatic yarn about exposing the evil doings of some of New York's finest.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Top Critic

A solidly entertaining drama that stays true to the independent spirit of its filmmakers

April 9, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cop Land

One of James Mangold's earlier films, Cop Land displays a highly watchable raggedness (call it kitchen-sink realism, or call it spotty) that seems rather realistic but incorporates every "bad cop" movie cliche you can think of; tells a compelling story but paces it strangely; often over-explains but sometimes leaves you filling in blanks yourself, too; stands the test of time but still looks SO 90s; shows a plausible slice of life in which you root for the little guy, but anchors it to a lead character (Stallone) almost implausibly inert, rendering him hard to truly get behind. The camera work is bad, and the dialogue is by times worse, but there's a feeling to this movie that can't be discounted--a pain in Stallone's character that somehow shines through. It's not a great movie, but it's not awful either. Interesting early work from the director of Walk the Line and Girl, Interrupted--but also of Knight and Day--and one that I liked just a little bit more than I disliked.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


Impressive action drama that has gotten an unfair reputation, Cop Land features an ensemble cast lead by Sylvester Stallone in one of his finest roles since the 80's. This a highly entertaining cop movie, and I must admit, I was skeptical about seeing it at first, but I was surprised at how good it turned out. There are parts in the film that good have been reworked, just make it a bit more fleshed out in terms of story. As it is, it's a good story, but it could have been done a bit better as well. Now, that doesn't make Cop Land a movie, but it does leave you wanting a highly memorable picture. Cop Land has an ambitious scope for a storyline, and it does work for the most part, but at times it doesn't unleash its full potential of what it could have been. Luckily the great cast of varied talent more than makes up for the films shortcomings and there is enough intrigue to keep you involved from start to finish. Director James Mangold directs this action drama, and he manages to pull something quite good here, and Cop Land is a film that though could have been better, isn't as bad as you might think. Overall, this is an entertaining thrill ride with a great cast, but like I said, at times it could have been better. Nonetheless, this is worth watching, and this film features of Sly's best performances. If you're looking for a well layered and engaging picture, Cop Land is a worthy film to watch. With a cast like this, it more than makes up for its few weak moments, and you can easily enjoy a feature film that has enough action, thrills and entertainment to keep you on the edge of seat till the very end.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Sheriff Freddy Heflin: I look at this town, and I don't like what I see.

"No One Is Above The Law"

Cop Land is a solid, suspenseful, and thrilling cop/crime drama. It has a large and great cast, including Sylvester Stallone(in one of his best roles ever), Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Michael Rapaport. This is also one of the first films from director James Mangold, and his writing, while slightly messy at times, is what manages to make the movie more than just a star driven vehicle and into a truly good film.

Cop Land is about a city in New Jersey, where most of the residents and NYPD officers that live there despite working in New York City. The reason they live there, they say, is to get away from a city that calls them the filth. Early on, a young officer nicknamed Superboy is driving home when a car sideswipes him and rushes off. He gives chase and mistakes something in the passengers hand for a gun, after his tire blows. He ends up shooting at the vehicle and killing both black passengers. His uncle is a big name cop in New York, who started the cop movement into Garrison, New Jersey. When no gun is found in the car of the deceased, Superboy is claimed to have jumped from the bridge to his death to avoid the investigation that was to come. But there's a lot more at work here than that. Soon a internal affairs officer shows up in Garrison to talk to the sheriff, and tells him he believes Superboy is still alive and that there's a lot more going on Garrison then meets the eye.

When I see movies that have such a large and great cast, I expect them to be character driven all the way. But characters don't drive this film, Mangold's story does. The story is well thought out and executed, and I enjoyed all the elements of it. It was as satisfying of a film of this genre type that I've seen.

I can't recommend this one enough, especially if you are into crime, cop, or mob films. It's a film that is extremely underrated and never really talked about, but one that definitely packs a punch and is engrossing and entertaining throughout. Do yourself a favor and give this one a look.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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