Cop Land (1997)

coplandDirector: James Mangold

Writer: James Mangold (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Peter Berg, Janeane Garofalo, Robert Patrick, Michael Rapaport, Annabella Sciorra, Noah Emmerich


Plot: The sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community populated by New York City policemen slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Tense Crime Thriller


Story: Cop Land starts as we see Jersey Sherriff Freddy Heflin (Stallone) with his own drinking problems but outside the main force. We move to meet hero cop Murray Babitch (Rapaport) find himself involved in a shooting of two unarmed men causing tensions to rise within the force. His uncle Ray (Keitel) loyal partner Jack (Patrick) try to cover up the crime while Moe (De Niro) is investigating what really happened.

Freddy finds his town the location where all of the cops from New York hang out, making the sheriff of Cop Land, the web of lies is tangling under his nose and Moe turns to him for answers that will open the doors to the truth about what Ray is really up to.

Cop Land is a crime thriller that really does keep you guessing from start to finish with twist around nearly every corner. We watch as just as we think we know one answer they go and change the questions. The idea that the cops are both the good and bad guys really helps this film make an impact as we have to look at the very people that are meant to protect us being the ones we can’t trust. I would like to point that if you do miss scenes you will miss where the story is going which is concerning because seeing Stallone makes you think this will just be an action film but this is a lot more serious than any of the action films. This has a much better story than I was expecting and really is one of those underrated crime thrillers.


Actor Review


Sylvester Stallone: Freddy is the deaf in on eye Sheriff of a small Jersey town where all the cops live and hang out conducting the business they can’t within their own derestriction. When the latest corruption in the force happens in New York the cops find themselves in Frank’s town where he must watch over seeing what is really happened but figuring out who is honest is the hardest task he faces. Sylvester is good in this leading role in a film you wouldn’t be used to seeing him in.freeddy

Harvey Keitel: Ray is a top cop who has a reputation of covering up police crimes, when the latest one happens he has to protect his nephew from the pointing fingers by faking his death but who is really in his pocket and how far will he come to cover himself. Harvey plays the character you would expect to see him play and that is because he is good in this shady cop.

Ray Liotta: Gary is an undercover cop that spends his time around the small Jersey town when not working, he has lost a partner in a previous case with Ray covering something up. The tension rise between the two with this latest one as Gary wants his chance for revenge. Ray is good in this supporting role that you never really know which side of the fence he is on.

Robert De Niro: Moe is investigating the case on the bridge, he knows not everything is what is seems and turns to Freddy for help as he can’t touch any of the officers in Jersey. He just wants the truth to come out and to rid the streets of the corrupt cops. Robert shows that he can be a supporting character even with his reputation and does a good job in this role.

Support Cast: Cop Land has a huge supporting cast that all help the story unfold with us wondering which side of the battle they are on.

Director Review: James MangoldJames gives us a great thriller that really keeps us guessing from start to finish.


Crime: Cop Land puts us into the middle of a crime story where the criminals are the cops themselves.

Thriller: Cop Land does keep us guessing to where the story will be going from start to finish.

Settings: Cop Land use the small town for the setting which is filled with cops showing how full of tension throughout.
Special Effects
: Cop Land does use good effects when needed but doesn’t rely on them.

Suggestion: Cop Land is one for all crime thriller fans to enjoy. (Crime Thriller Fans Watch)


Best Part: Story keeping us guessing.

Worst Part: Slightly too much going on.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

Tagline: No One Is Above The Law


Overall: Tense thriller that really does keep you guessing


Fantasy Film Casting 7 – Armageddon

Let’s Recast a Film

You know how us film fans always want to recast a film, well today we play the role of producer and this script has turned up on our desk. The next job is to cast the film as if it the year is 2016, the rules are as simple you can’t use anyone who is in the original film however good or bad you think the film is. So without further ado let’s cast this movie.

Film: Armageddonarm

Original Cast: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Will Patton, Steve Buscemi, William Fichtner, Owen Wilson, Michael Clarke Duncan and Peter Stormare

New Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Andy Garcia, Michael B Jordan, Brie Larson, Tony Shalhoub, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany, Peter Dinklage, Terry Crews, Aksel Hennie

Why I have picked this star:

Bruce Willis – Matthew McConaughey – Harry Stamper harry Harry is considered the world’s best oil driller and has been bought in to try and solve the problem, he wants to bring his team in for the job making him the reluctant hero of the story. Matthew would bring a serious side to this role that Willis doesn’t get and can handle the action side of the role.

Billy Bob Thornton – Andy Garcia – Dan Truman truman Dan Truman is the head of NASA who is brings in Harry to train astronauts to drill only to end up letting Harry bring his own team in putting everything he stands for on the line to save the world. Andy would come in this role because he has the ability to show the calm and intense side of the character.

Ben Affleck – Michael B Jordan – A.J. Frostaj AJ is a member of the oil digging team, he is cocky thinking he knows it all, he also happens to be seeing Harry’s daughter Grace. Michael works in this role because he has proven with Creed he can go face to face with a screen legend without trying to steal the scenes or fall into the background.

Liv Tyler – Brie Larson – Grace Stamper grac Brie has been giving incredible performances in smaller films and I think we need to give her a blockbuster film role to show the world who she is rather than just the small films people sometimes avoid, she has such talent and could easily be the daughter to Harry in this film.

Will Patton – Tony Shalhoub – Chick chick Chick is the trusted friend and man Harry trusts to conduct things when he isn’t around, he has personal problems in his past and this mission gives him a chance to redeem himself for all his mistakes. Tony is a good supporting actor that can keep this role working with the lead actors getting the important moments but him being the guy they turn to for advice.

Steve Buscemi – Cillian Murphy – Rockhound rockhound Rockhound is a horny genius who can pass any test but works in the oil drilling world because he gets to use explosives.  Cillian has the range to pull off the brilliant mind to the crazed versions of Rockhound.

William Fichtner – Paul Bettany – Colonel Willie Sharp sharp Colonel Sharp is the experienced astronaut who is against Harry and his men from the start, he does come around by the end of the film. Paul seems to be a go to guy for supporting roles and this role works perfectly for him

Owen Wilson – Peter Dinklage – Oscar oscar Oscar is the brilliant spaced out geologist that goes on the mission. Peter would have a lot of fun in this role where he can make it even more eccentric.

Michael Clarke Duncan – Terry Crews – Bear bear Bear is the strongest member of the oil digging side, he loves to have fun and is someone that sticks up for AJ. Terry may have a few questionable choices in his past but physical presence that can have a fun side make him the good choice for this role.

Peter Stormare – Aksel Hennie – Lev Andropov lev Lev is thee Russian cosmonaut that ends up joining the mission after the accident on the Space Centre, he has been there alone for nearly a year and has to use his real astronaut training to save AJ side of the mission. Aksel has experience in a space based film with The Martian, you also add in his role in Pioneer where he has to deal with isolation themes I can see him be the perfect choice in this role.

How will this change the film: I wouldn’t change too much of this film with the only change being in the Harry character being a stronger serious actors because he isn’t involved in the full action too often.

Will you be going to see this new version of the film?
Who would you rather see in this film?