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Stephen Hunter - Weekend section, "Too many undeveloped subplots ... but at its heart, the movie has a good story to tell."

Rita Kempley - Style section, "This sluggish exploration of police corruption lacks the juice to jump-start a moped."


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'Cop Land'

Scene from this movie Sylvester Stallone is Freddy Heflin, sheriff of Garrison, N.J., right across the river from New York City, Freddy’s authority doesn’t really exist. A group of detectives from the 37th Precinct in New York has essentially taken over the civic reins in the town.

One of the cops -- Maury "Superboy" Babitch -- accidentally guns down a couple of joy-riding black teenagers as he heads across the George Washington Bridge. To prevent his railroading, the cops spirit him back to Cop Land where they mean to stash him until they can set him up in a new identity. An internal affairs cop suspects the ruse, suspects further they have connections to a Mafia family and recruits Freddy to keep an eye on them, though Freddy seems unable to handle that. -- Stephen Hunter
Rated R


Director: James Mangold
Cast: Sylvester Stallone; Harvey Keitel; Ray Liotta; Robert De Niro; Peter Berg; Janeane Garofalo; Cathy Moriarty; Robert Patrick; Michael Rapaport; Annabella Sciorra; Malik Yoba
Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Filmographies: Sylvester Stallone; Harvey Keitel;
Ray Liotta; Robert De Niro;
Annabella Sciorra; Janeane Garofalo