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Cop Land

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Sylvester Stallone, Cop Land

Cop Land

Current Status:
In Season
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
James Mangold
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.