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Festivale online magazine, January 1998
Cop Land movie review
Cop land

Sylvester Stallone plays the pet sherriff in a dormitory suburb filled with cops (called Garrison). He worships the 'real cops' who are fit enough to join the 'real force' his hearing deficiency excludes him from.

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So how does he investigate wrongdoing by his heros? "Being right", he is told, "is not a bulletproof vest."

Sylvester Stallone is a highly under-rated person, many people confuse his unclear speech with lack of intelligence. They ignore the fact that he has an Oscar nomination for WRITING Rocky. When I heard that Stallone was putting on weight for a role and an underdog, I wondered just how much he identified with his character.

The plot is simple: good cops, bad cops; murder, mayhem, mystery, and corruption in low places. This isn't a breakthrough film, I doubt that many people will notice Stallone's performance.

What I sincerely hope will be noticed and dealt with is the most blatant case of product positioning I've seen. We all remember the huge soft drink signs in Blade Runner and Superman, and the whole "Pepsi Free" spiel in Back to the Future, the placement in Cop Land is more frequent, but not quite as obvious as billboards. Throughout the film characters carry around, and smoke, a certain brand of cigarette. The damn things are everywhere. We could do with a little more time spent on content and a lot less spent on incorporating advertising into the film.

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Title: Copland(1997)
Written by: James Mangold
Directed by: James Mangold
Produced by: Christopher Goode, Kevin King, Cathy Konrad, Richard Miller, Kerry Orent, Meryl Poster, Ezra Swerdlow, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Cary Woods
Edited by: Craig McKay
Director of Photography: Eric Alan Edwards

The Players: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Peter Berg, Janeane Garofalo, Robert Patrick, Michael Rapaport Cathy Moriarty
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