Cops (1922)

Cops

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Although Cops is one of the all-time great two-reelers, its creator, Buster Keaton, never thought much of it. He felt it was just a run-of-the-mill chase film, which suggests that perhaps Keaton was his own worst critic -- the chase is what gives the film its brilliance. The film's beginning is a portent of things to come: Keaton longingly looks at his girl Virginia Fox through what appear to be prison bars. In reality, it's the gate to the mansion where she lives. The girl sends Keaton away, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Kids & Family, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
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as The Young Man

as Police Chief

as Mayor's Daughter

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Critic Reviews for Cops

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Buster Keaton's brilliantly subversive two-reeler film boils with frantic anarchic hilarity.

Full Review… | September 26, 2001
All Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Cops

I think that maybe the whole silent era slapstick thing is really starting to grow on me, and it's probably because of this little 18 minute two reeler.

Keaton palys a guy trying to impressive a girl, and does so by trying to become successful in business. Through a convoluted series of events and mix ups, he gets into a lot of trouble, and basically this film is just a really funny version of the classic Hitchcock formula, with a bit of subversion as well.

It's a little bit of a slow start up, but once this gets going, it becomes one mother of a chase movie. It's really clever, and Keaton's growing on me as the comedic master he gets trumped up as being. I think I get it here. His timing was good, and he really knew how to take a simple scenario, ramp it up to all kinds of crazy, and really let loose. That, and the ending is just dynamite, especially given the time for which this was made.

If you can track a copy of this down, see it. It might not be long, but it's definitely a fun watch.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Hilarious movie with a fantastic chase scene.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

While Buster Keaton never thought much of "Cops" it has become one of the greatest comedy two-reelers of all time! The film is another chase film but this time there are literally dozens and dozens of cops giving chase to Buster after another series of unfortunate events. The idea of Buster evading literally a town of cops in athletic superiority is almost like watching a culmination of Buster's entity as the confident and always one step ahead being that he had become. The ending, which I won't spoil, isn't the traditional "happy ending" and is hilarious for being so! The film consists of a setup first reel that is still gag filled but slower in it's build up that leads and adds to the second reel in which the full chase takes place. While not consistently frantic the whole film the buildup is definitely the reason the second half is so brilliant!

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

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