Sometime in the 1970’s, police officers from New York wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York, this is when they established a “Cop Land” in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to become one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the New York cops, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed “Superboy” who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds super boy and kills him. —IMDb
A director known for making sophisticated dramas that chronicle people’s emotional and moral struggles in the face of an often hostile outside world, James Mangold first earned acclaim for Heavy, his 1995 film debut. The poignant and often wordless account of an overweight pizza chef’s (Pruitt Taylor Vince) unrequited longing for a young waitress (Liv Tyler), the film was a success among critics and art house audiences, winning the Grand Jury Prize for Best Director at the 1995 Sundance Festival.
Raised in New York’s Hudson Valley (where he would later film Heavy), Mangold, the son of minimalist painter Robert Mangold, attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied film and acting. He broke into the film business at the tender age of 21 as the recipient of a prestigious writer/director deal with Disney. However, he was eventually dropped by the studio for, in his words, refusing to play Hollywood’s “very elaborate chess game.” Mangold subsequently supported himself… read more
Probably one of the best performances that I have seen from Sly highlighting some of the problems with the people that 'protect' us. Quite an interesting insight into the Police
It's as if assembling a dream team of Scorsese alums was supposed to naturally, effortlessly percolate into a great film. Instead, it quietly reminds us that Stallone is actually a decent actor, beyond the beefcake roles. Freddy's forlorn gaze at the NYC cops who dismiss him seems to mirror an actor's yearning to be taken seriously, to be given a chance. The story is weak but Sly does good.
Cop Land se révèle être une sacrée bonne surprise pour moi. Mangold est derrière la caméra et au scénario d’une oeuvre qui ressemble plus de prime abord à de la série B.
Pourtant, force est de… read review