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Cop Land

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Sylvester Stallone, Cop Land

Cop Land

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Sylvester Stallone, Peter Berg, Noah Emmerich, Janeane Garofalo, Malik Yoba, Cathy Moriarty, Robert Patrick, Michael Rapaport, Annabella Sciorra, John Spencer
director:
James Mangold
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

GoodFellas meets High Noon on the Jersey Palisades. Written and directed by James Mangold, Cop Land shares with his previous Heavy a socially maladroit central character, but since the character is this time played by Stallone, as the lumbering sheriff of a town run by dirty NYPD cops, the film is certainly worth a look. While the plotting is overly dense and the dialogue occasionally overcooked, there are great pleasures of ensemble to be had here: Keitel playing another, foxier, bad lieutenant; De Niro as a schlumpy but avid internal-affairs investigator; Michael Rapaport as the dumb young policeman who starts the house of cards falling; Ray Liotta, hilarious and moving as a cokehead cop with morals. And Stallone? He holds his own. Perhaps most impressively, he fades into the lineup with the rest.

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