Cop Killers

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Corrupt Lt. Fred O'Connor (Harvey Keitel) spends his nights in a ritzy Central Park West apartment he's paid for by shaking down a drug dealer. But his professional life is dominated by the murder of several colleagues. When punk rocker Leo Smith (John Lydon) comes forward to say he committed the crimes, O'Connor gives him the brush-off. But when the punk finds out about the officer's double-dealing ways, the men realize they're stuck together until the investigation ends.

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Critic Reviews for Copkiller (Corrupt)

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  • Keitel is his usual ineffable self, his features glassy with repressed anxiety and violence; the only miscalculation is the casting of Lydon.

    January 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Lydon, who has just the right insinuating, runty quality for Leo, makes a strong impression, and in a better film would make an even stronger one.

    January 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • [There are] questions raised in The Order of Death that beg for tenable explanations of crimes which both cause and affect the matters of guilt. And here... the answers to such questions simply refuse to surface.

    September 29, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A memorable film that is interesting not for its plot (which is hopelessly complex) but for the strange tension between the characters. Keitel is exceptional as the berated captor turned victim, and Lydon is simply frightening.

    September 29, 2017 | Full Review…
  • An angry offbeat psychological crime film.

    September 29, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Copkiller (Corrupt)

  • Jan 29, 2010
    After watching a movie for the 1,000 time, It gets kinda boring
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2009
    <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/copkiller-11984480"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/11/98/44/11984480_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/copkiller-11984482"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/11/98/44/11984482_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/copkiller-11984462"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/11/98/44/11984462_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/cop-killer-11984453"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/11/98/44/11984453_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/copkiller-11984485"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/11/98/44/11984485_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> John Lydon </a> - <B><I> Copkiller </I></B> </div></div> 1983, aka <I>"Corrupt."</I> - With Harvey Keitel, John Lydon, and character actress Sylvia Sidney. Directed by Roberto Faenza. Cop killer is a very unusual psychological suspense piece about lies, subterfuge, guilt transference and obsession. Harvey Keitel plays a corrupt NYC narcotics cop who with his partner, has invested in a palatial but unfurnished secret apartment that the men use as a retreat while conducting double lives. Meanwhile, someone is busy assassinating NYC undercover narcotics cops. John Lydon (Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) is no Lawrence Olivier, but he is quite adept at his role in this film. He plays a rich-boy heir who has a cop fetish and a peculiar history of making false confessions to high profile crimes. He stalks Keitel for six months and finally shows up at the secret apartment, confronts Keitel and tells him that he (Lydon) is the cop killer. Keitel, shocked at being found out, takes Lydon prisoner in the apartment indefinitely and interrogates him. Oddly, Lydon won't cooperate, When Keitel mortally injures another officer in an attempt to prevent being exposed, Keitel puts Lydon to the test and orders him to kill the cop -under threat of death. At this point, matters go even more awry After a life and death struggle, Lydon takes control and begins to torment, psychologically manipulate and dominate Keitel. While they each try to gain the upper hand, their relationship becomes increasingly perverse, as Lydon attempts to drive Keitel to madness and murder. Keitel struggles to keep his sanity and the viewer attempts to puzzle out whether Lydon or Keitel is guilty, whether the cop Keitel wounded and Lydon finished off was dead or alive during the coup de gras, and where the truth lies. This is another film that presents the story in a way that is conducive to furthering the plot in an artful and efficient manner, unencumbered by the need to follow established, contrived formulas. As such it has an unconventional feel. It is an Italian film, is English language, with some recognizable American actors and NYC shooting locations. The interiors are Italian, which further makes this movie feel unconventional. While the interior shots don't look specifically Italian, or out of context, they vary enough from what one has learned to expect in NYC film cliches to grab and hold one's attention. For some reason this has the effect of giving the viewer the sense that he has an unusual angle on the reality portrayed by this particular police-suspense film. Copkiller is not a profound piece of art, but it is solid and atypical. The movie is efficiently written, and professionally shot and edited. It may be one of Keitel's most interesting roles.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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