Cop Land

1997

Cop Land

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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 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. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

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Cast

Sylvester Stallone
as Freddy Heflin
Harvey Keitel
as Ray Donlan
Ray Liotta
as Gary Figgis
Robert De Niro
as Moe Tilden
Peter Berg
as Joey Randone
Janeane Garofalo
as Dep. Cindy Betts
Robert Patrick
as Jack Rucker
Michael Rapaport
as Murray Babitch
Annabella Sciorra
as Liz Randone
Noah Emmerich
as Dep. Bill Geisler
Cathy Moriarty
as Rose Donlan
John Spencer
as Leo Crasky
Frank Vincent
as PDA President Lassaro
Malik Yoba
as Det. Carson
Paul Calderon
as Hector--Medic
John Doman
as Lassaro's Aide
Vincent Laresca
as Medic No. 2
Oliver Solomon
as Black Man
Terri Towns
as Black Woman
Brad Beyer
as Young Cop
Charles Dumas
as TV Cyril Johns
John E. Johnson
as News Anchor
Terry Serpico
as Tony/Wincing Cop
Method Man
as Shondel
Paul Herman
as Game Operator
Mel Gorham
as Monica
Graciela Lecube
as Spanish Woman
Anthony Citro
as Young Freddy
Alexandra Adi
as Young Liz
Timothy D. Stickney
as Window Yeller
William Kalaidjian
as Police Chaplain
Sean Runnette
as IA Detective No. 1
Michael Gaston
as IA Detective No. 2--Rubin
Ben Ellerin
as Little Kid with Gordon
David Diaz
as Funeral Reporter
Tracy O. Emory
as News Segment Video Camera Op.
Robert Castle
as Chaplain at Joey's Funeral
Bruce Altman
as Counselor Burt Kandel
Carly Fordham
as Liz's Daughter
Tony Giorgio
as Ceremonial Officer
Kevin O'Sullivan
as Head Pall Bearer/Flag Holder
Louis D'Alto
as Exiting Cop
Sylvia Khan
as Deli Lady
Ronn Munro
as Chief of Police
John Henry
as Officer in Alleyway
Richard Lisi
as Officer in Alleyway
Hans Moody
as Sergeant in Alleyway
Garry Pastore
as Core Cop `Johnny B'
Tony Sirico
as Toy Torillo
Peter Wise
as Plaza Cop No. 1
P.J. Brown
as Plaza Cop No. 2
Manuel Corrado
as Plaza Cop No. 3
Jeffrey Kaufman
as Plaza Cop No. 4
Europe Harmon
as Plaza Cop No. 5
Rene Ojeda
as Plaza Cop No. 6
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Critic Reviews for Cop Land

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (19)

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

    Apr 9, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Cop Land shares its leading man's slow-wittedness, but also his likability.

    Apr 9, 2008

    David Edelstein

    Slate
    Top Critic
  • Mangold is something of a pseudo-Scorsese.

    Apr 9, 2008 | Full Review…

    Jack Kroll

    Newsweek
    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.

    Apr 9, 2008 | Full Review…

    Paul Tatara

    CNN.com
    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.

    Apr 9, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • A solidly entertaining drama that stays true to the independent spirit of its filmmakers

    Apr 9, 2008
    Hollywood Reporter
    Top Critic

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