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Cop (1988)

An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him.

Director:

James B. Harris

Writers:

James Ellroy (novel), James B. Harris (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Lloyd Hopkins
Lesley Ann Warren ... Kathleen McCarthy
Charles Durning ... Dutch Peltz
Charles Haid ... Delbert 'Whitey' Haines
Raymond J. Barry ... Captain Fred Gaffney
Randi Brooks ... Joanie Pratt
Steven Lambert ... Bobby Franco
Christopher Wynne Christopher Wynne ... Jack Gibbs
Jan McGill Jan McGill ... Jen Hopkins
Vicki Wauchope Vicki Wauchope ... Penny Hopkins
Melinda Lynch Melinda Lynch ... Sarah Smith
John Petievich John Petievich ... Deputy
Dennis Stewart ... Lawrence 'Birdman' Henderson
Randy Pelish Randy Pelish ... Employee
Annie McEnroe ... Amy Cranfield
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Storyline

Lloyd Hopkins, a hard-boiled American police detective is on the trail of a mass murderer who is victimizing women in Los Angeles. The pursuit leads him through a world that has become his own natural habitat - a nasty world of crime, drugs, prostitution and male hustlers where "innocence kills" and continued exposure corrupts. Paradoxically, it's also a world of love, secret admirers, romantic feminist poets and modern chivalry. And for the viewer, it's the background for an exciting, suspense movie. Written by Dave Cook <cookd@mcmail.cis.mcmaster.ca>

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When a cop cares too much, how far is too far. [USA Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood on the Moon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,984,315

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,984,315
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The studio behind the picture, Atlantic Entertainment Group, had produced teen, or youth orientated films early in their existence. Atlantic were eager to expand and produce adult content with stars attached. When writer/director James B. Harris pitched the script, with James Woods attached as the star, Atlantic immediately agreed to finance and distribute. See more »

Goofs

At about 1:30, when Hopkins (James Woods) is on the pay phone talking to Peltz (Charles Durning) telling Peltz that he (Hopkins) has killed a cop and that he might need some help, Peltz is wearing an ugly plaid sports coat with a tan shirt and a brown striped tie. Moments later, at the scene of the shooting, Peltz is wearing a tan coat with a blue shirt and a paisley tie. See more »

Quotes

Lloyd Hopkins: [Last lines] Well, there's some good and there's some bad news. The good news is you're right - I'm a cop and I've gotta take you in. The bad news is I've been suspended and I don't give a fuck.
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" The good news is, I'm a Cop, The bad news, . . . . I don't care! "
27 June 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Sometime ago a sadistically violent novel written by James Ellroy was published under the title 'Blood on The Moon.' Having read the book, I was most surprised to see the story up on the silver screen under the marquee of " Cop." The tragic tale was so woefully violent, I wondered how it's stark terror and black suspense would transferred to the Big Screen. However, I was pleased when I saw that James Wood would be the hero and it would be directed by James B. Harris. Woods plays detective Sgt. Lloyd Hopkins a hard-as-nails police officer seemly obsessed with solving an unsolved series of murders dating back years. Seemingly at a dead-end, he is frustrated and on the verge of giving it up, when a ray of hope inspires him to continue. As he does, he enlist the aid of Kathleen McCarthy (Lesley Ann Warren) a Feminist poet and his police mentor Dutch Peltz (Charles Durning) who is in line to become a police Captain. Despite his unorthodox methods, Hopkins gets results even if it means stepping on toes and challenging his superiors. The movie is powerfully dark, suspenseful and dotted with terrifying scenes which are not for the faint of heart. Still any Woods' fan is sure to enjoy the power and skill with the main actor and I for one look forward to this film becoming a milestone for Woods. Excellent rendition of the book and if one wants to peek under the ambulance sheet, I suggest you read the novel. ****


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