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After making a critically acclaimed debut with the low-budget independent dramaHeavy, writer-director James Mangold took on this gritty crime drama, which was highly touted as Sylvester Stallone's long-awaited return to a serious dramatic role. With an illustrious cast of costars, includingGoodFellasalumni Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta, Stallone plays Freddy Heflin, the ineffectual sheriff of a New Jersey suburb that a group of corrupt New York cops have turned into their own off-duty criminal empire. Deaf in one ear and desperate to prove his worth, the sheriff takes on the cops with standoffish assistance from an Internal Affairs cop (De Niro), resulting in an explosive climactic showdown. The stellar cast can't be beat, and Stallone is quite good as the overweight cop whose pride is on the line. Mangold's script is wildly uneven, but the film still packs a white-knuckled punch.--Jeff Shannon
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CastRobert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Peter Berg
DirectorJames Mangold
Screen WriterJames Mangold
DVD Release Date:  June 1, 2004
Runtime:  116 minutes
Studio:  Miramax Home Entertainment
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review by . June 11, 2007
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Every time I hear people saying that Sylvester Stallone can't act, I'm inclined to want to believe them. I think it's the dead sounding voice of his, that thick accent that he's never worked to get rid of. However, there are two movies of his where he is at the top of his game. In action films, he's the same, whether the hero or the villain. However, in comedy he is great in "Oscar" and in drama he is fantastic in "Cop Land." Filled with a cast full of high profile actors and yet a bomb at the box …
review by . April 19, 2002
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Sylvester Stallone starts with one of the most solid casts he has ever shared a film with as a sheriff and NYPD wanna be who has to make the choice between his cushey job as head law officer in a town populated mainly by NYPD, and what's left of his self respect.A supporting cast full of A list starts and A list supporting characters deliver A list performances particularly Ray Liotta as an officer with his own past.The various sub plots as executed well and the finalie is a grand one.Stallone gets …
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