Freddy Heflin is the sheriff of a place everyone calls “Cop Land” — a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he’s long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town’s peaceful facade. And when Freddy uncovers a massive, deadly conspiracy among these local residents, he is forced to take action and make a dangerous choice between protecting his idols and upholding the law.
Sheriff Freddy Heflin (Stallone) is an ordinary officer who spends his boring life in the town where he lives. Time passes so slow in a quiet little town of “Cop Land”. This bulky sheriff does nothing other than controlling traffic and surrendering to his pinball addiction. When a misfire broke out in town, Freddy jumped into it with the help of Lt. Moe Tilden (Robert De Niro). This seems like a big leap of the career-stuck sheriff. Two thumbs of for Stallone for giving up his all muscles body, something is well-maintained for years and also his choice for accepting a role much different from his usual heroic/action ones. Stallone did much better in his role when compared to his acting in Get Carter or D-Tox
Weird that it took me so long to watch given the cast. Look, _Cop Land_ isn't the best movie in the filmography of anybody involved, but it was a worthwhile watch, and a nice way to break up the crap horror we've been on a bender of lately. _Final rating:★★★ - I liked it. Would personally recommend you give it a go_.
This has a really good ensemble cast, but the sum of the parts really don't add up to much of an whole. Sylvester Stallone is local sheriff "Freddy", in charge of policing a small town - Garrison - near New York that is largely populated by it's police officers. The television news reports and our frequent attendance at the cemetery soon demonstrate to us that being a cop has become an even more perilous affair. Just who is behind this new danger? Harvey Keitel ("Ray") is the kingpin sergeant who many believe is to be applauded for enabling many officers to escape the Big Apple itself and set up home for their families in relatively safe and secure surroundings, but is he really the altruist that he purports to be? The death of one officer leads "Tilden" (Robert De Niro) to lead an internal investigation, but when that is mysteriously shut down by the Mayor, it falls to "Freddy" to find the truth. There are just too many characters in this film, there is far too much dialogue and for the most part, really too little action. It shines a dimly lit light on police corruption, but to be honest most of these are pretty unsavoury characters who would stab their own mothers in the face for a quick buck. De Niro is all to rarely on screen and I found Ray Liotta's "Gary" just too unconvincing after about ten minutes. If this is supposed to be brotherhood, hmmm, I think I will pass.
Well, it has almost everyone that could really act in the 90s in it. That is a plus. And Stallone actually does a great job of being a washed up no-nothing out of shape small town sheriff. He rarely takes roles that actually require him to act so it's always a shock when you see films and realize that, no, Sly is in fact really a stellar actor. This is one of those movies. It's also one of those movies that stays with you as a classic. Not as well known as Chinatown, but the kind of movie where, after you forget about it, you get the chance to re-watch it and realize once more how great it actually was.