No One Is Above The Law.
Freddy Heflin (Stallone) is a simple, small-town Sheriff who had big dreams of becoming a New York City cop before a heroic deed left him deaf in one ear. Though he saved the life of the woman he loves (Sciorra), she went on to marry someone else. But everything in Freddy's life is about to change after he uncovers evidence of a murder, fakes suicide and police tampering.
I'm starting to become a huge James Mangold fan. Haven't seen much of his work, but I've been very impressed with what I have seen. I like how he likes to switch up different styles and genres with different films. You wouldn't expect him tofollow up this film with stuff like Identity and Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma and even the new X-Men Wolverine movie. This film is a good example of his strengths as a director.
This film isn't much special, or at least it could have been just that. In anyone else's hands, this would be just another generic cop film and at it's core that's what it really is, but he manages to add his…
A life of quiet desperation hangs like a pall in the hangdog eyes of Sheriff Freddy. A soft-spoken big lug whose stalled career in law enforcement entails little more than sorting out refuse bag disputes and directing the traffic through the sleepy suburbia of 'Cop Land'.
He later complained that the role of lovable loser Freddy in James Mangold's cop-western hurt his career (and not his subsequent films, Get Carter and D-Tox?), but Sylvester Stallone's soulful performance was rightly praised and was considered a brave departure from his usual repertoire of action movie heroes. Although Freddy isn't actually a million miles away from that other amiable dope, Rocky Balboa in the first Rocky film.
If the film has an implausible…
Watched this directors cut on blu ray for the first time last night and was blown away yet again by the clarity of the picture and sound. A film full of cliches,it is nonetheless a riveting and well acted story. Featuring some of the best modern day "proper" actors in the guise of Robert De Niro,Ray Liotta,Harvey Kietel and a stunningly understated performance from Sylvester Stallone. Putting on weight and abandoning his muscle bound macho man image to play a demure smalltown sheriff in New Jersey he cuts a sorry sight. The controversial subject of police corruption is the focus of a well paced multifaceted story written and directed by the impressive James Mangold.
Garrison,NJ is the "cop land "…
I'm the first person to fight in defense of Sylvester Stallone as an actor, and the last person still fighting, bloodied and bruised, but that doesn't mean that I think Stallone is good in everything. Cop Land is a perfect example of a film that Stallone had no business being in. He can play aloof and happy no problem, but aloof and brooding, the man simply can't do it. Any of the other three actors on the poster could have easily played Stallone's role and probably would've brought the thunder as well. I'm not sure if different casting would have completely elevated this movie to masterpiece status, but different casting certainly would've been an improvement.
An uneven, almost immediately forgettable crime thriller that is carried by the strength of its cast, but gets worse the longer it goes on. It’s watchable, and entertaining in places, but never consistent enough make any lasting impression. There was potential here for an impressive crime thriller, but sadly it falls short of the greatness it so blatantly strives for.
A crime drama starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Harvey Keitel, directed by the guy who's doing the new Wolverine movie... yeah, sure, I'll give it a shot!
As it transpires, I found Cop Land to be a very interesting film. I guess purely because it stars Sly as a small town sheriff, where most of the inhabitants are bent coppers, I thought it would be a faster, more explosive action movie. It was anything but!
I don't think it's particularly well acted. Not that anybody is bad in it! De Niro, Keitel, Liotta, Robert Patrick; it would be wrong to say they "phoned it in", because they were all very comfortable in their role. But maybe that's…
There are so many actors in this its not even funny. Pretty much every person in the movie is played by a recognizable actor and this really elevated the movie as most of the actors I really enjoyed. I though Sylvester Stallone was really good as the lead, as he held his own against some heavy hitters (like Keitel and DeNiro). It reminded me of a poor mans LA Confidential which is not at all bad thing. Although it goes for a pretty bland and predictable ending, I liked it and was really surprised by it.
I kept waiting for a surprising overarching twist in the plot to eventually appear that would explain why some of the characters were making the decisions that they were. Unfortunately it never arrived and I'm left with the feeling that an expanded director's cut version with restored scenes would greatly improve Cop Land.
Capaz de desapontar quem estiver a fim de se distrair com um quebra-quebra típico de Stallone. Cop Land é um drama policial ancorado nos traços de personalidade não só do xerife interpretado por Sylvester mas também das duvidosas figuras secundárias que o cercam. O roteiro explora decepções íntimas, laços de lealdade, conformismo e dever – contextualizados no microcosmo da corrupção policial. O elenco cheio de coadjuvantes de peso (Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert Patrick, Robert De Niro, Anabella Sciorra) ajuda Mangold a manter o relato cativante. Chega a ser inquietante acompanhar um brutamontes como Stallone levar humilhantes pancadas da vida como um sujeito fracassado, pacato e de bom coração. Quando ele reage, o filme tem o fôlego reforçado.
Shifty town full of shifty cops and only Stallone to stop them. Sly in a serious acting role and he's pretty good, but his acting ability goes up tenfold when he gets the shotgun in his hand at the finale!
The films cast is better than the source material, yet James Mangold's corrupt cop drama is worth seeing for Sly Stallone's muted, vunerable performance as the limited, donkey like local sheriff Freddie - manipulated by the city cops played by Keitel and others. A good solid piece of work.
Was going to ask how Mangold landed this directing job in '97, and then discovered he wrote. The question now becomes, what drew every working actor in Hollywood to this script? It starts out solid- tight, different, realistic, compelling. And then it becomes fairly standard.
The biggest, most obvious missed opportunity was a chance to bring De Niro back into the mix, front and center. When Freddy (Stallone) finally comes around, I thought, "Okay, now he and De Niro are going to take Ray (Keitel) and the entire crew down." How do you have De Niro, whose 10 minutes of screen time up to that point have been some of the best of the movie, say, in effect, "No, I'll…
Great ensemble cast and a nice quiet performance from Sly.
Anyone else see this as meta? Sylvester Stallone as the third rate cop/rate dramatic performer who had potential but just never made it because of his hearing/his generally clunky approach to films and the films he chooses, out to prove his worth to the A-list kings who've been sitting on their thrones all this time? (Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta).
These actors elevate what would otherwise be a muddled film into a pretty good one, placing this firmly in classic categories like "put it on while packing" or "watch through til the end if it happens to be on cable while i am flipping channels." Also I crack up everytime DeNiro tells Stallone "you had a chance and you BLEW IIIIIIIIIT".
The Goodfellas of Cop movies, Cop Land features Stallone's best performance, and is arguably the last great film De Niro has done. Outstanding film all round.