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Cop (1988)

James Woods , Lesley Ann Warren , James B. Harris  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren, Charles Durning, Charles Haid, Raymond J. Barry
  • Directors: James B. Harris
  • Writers: James B. Harris, James Ellroy
  • Producers: James Woods, James B. Harris, John Strong, Michael Rosenblatt, Thomas Coleman
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ALM4DK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cop" on IMDb

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Academy Award®-nominee James Woods (Best Actor, Salvador, 1986; Best Supporting Actor, Ghosts of Mississippi, 1996) stars as a brilliant maverick police detective in this exciting, violent thriller with a hint of noir. Police detective Lloyd Hopkins (Woods) doesn't like to be told what to do, or what not to do. Stripped of his badge and gun, he pursues a killer no one thinks exists. By uncovering a secret hidden in a high-school yearbook, he will piece together seemingly unrelated clues to expose crimes dating back two decades.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Woods, James Woods September 23, 2005
This is one of the best cop movies ever made. I didn't get to see this thing until maybe five years ago and it was purely accidental. I couldn't believe I had missed such a great flick. James Woods is just so classic in this. Everything is just gritty as hell. It's all straight to the point. Just look at the title. One of the best endings to a movie I've ever seen, and only Woods could pull it off. Just...just plain good from beginning to end. He plays a guy you just love to watch. How he relates to his family and fellow officers, his kid, his wife (he hates)...and his drive and passion to find the bad guy and end things quick and dirty. Dirty Harry met his match with this guy. To think it's coming out on DVD now, and just now! What the hell is that about? Movies like this should be bumped up on the list for DVD production without question.

Woods' delivery of body language, sarcasm, force of will, whit, and general manner is unmatched by many of today's "tough guys." Watch the master at work here. After the final scene when the screen flashes to black (it doesn't fade at all, which works perfectly), I literally yelled out loud with a clenched fist in the air, "Hell Yeah!"

If you liked the attitude in Mel Gibson's Payback, you'll eat this one up alive.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
When I first saw COP back in 1988, I could not believe how tough and on-the-edge this action thriller was . . . not to mention the film's total lack of respect for political correctness. James Woods is brilliant and in rare form here. Be warned. Language, action and attitudes are frank. Characters are hardcore and flawed - this includes the hero - and nothing is censored for mainstream tastes.

If you're looking for a politically correct sissy movie like the forgettable PG-13 crap they make today, where all content is watered down so that some conservative soccer mom in Utah can enjoy herself, stay away. This movie means business and does not pull any punches . . . which is why I love it!

James Woods plays Lloyd Hopkins, a hard-boiled American police detective on the trail of a serial murderer who is victimizing women in Los Angeles. The pursuit leads him through a world that has become his own natural habitat . . a nasty, uncompromising world of crime, drugs, prostitution and male hustlers where "innocence kills," according to Hopkins, and continued exposure corrupts.

Paradoxically, this harsh world is also a world of love, secret admirers, romantic feminist poets and modern chivalry. But these elements are woven underneath the tough exterior.

I don't want to say too much about this movie, just this. BUY IT AND WATCH IT! Definitely recommeneded! But it's only for cool guys who love the hardboiled tough stuff! James Woods has never been better!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and uncomprising thriller October 14, 2005
Maverick detective Lloyd Hopkins (James Woods) stumbles upon a serial killer that has been undiscovered until now when he discovers a crime scene involving ritualistic style murder. Tied into a network of swingers, the killer taunts Hopkins by writing letters ostensibly addressed to his victims but really designated for the police. Just as he is about to put the pieces together the pieces of his personal life fall apart when his wife leaves him ("you're a sick man") with their daughter because she's afraid he'll pass along his "sickness" to their daughter. Equal parts brilliant, defiant and unorthodox Hopkins isn't a likeable man but he doesn't have to be; he's a typical hardboiled screwed up anti-hero. He may not be somebody you like but he has a clear idea of right and justice. Hopkins must pursue the leads himself when solving this case becomes his personal obsession.

"Cop" is as brilliant, unorthodox and defiant as its main character. Producer/director James B. Harris doesn't allow the material to get away from him and James Woods. Playing like a darker more serious variation on the Dirty Harry films, Harris and Woods don't stoop to imitation and plow their own ground planting the seeds of an involving, powerful and sometimes unpleasant murder mystery. A cult classic, "Cop" finally reappears and will hopefully get its due as an uncompromising and powerful crime drama that doesn't shy away from the nasty side of the street nor does it try to gussy up the drama. A unknown classic much like (although quite different in tone from) "Night Moves", fans of noir films will love this adaptation of James Ellroy's ("L. A. Confidential") novel.

Although it doesn't receive a top notch transfer, "Cop" looks extremely good.
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I first saw "Cop" when it was released, and remember thinking how brooding and disturbed it was at the time. I just re-watched it on DVD, and think it still holds up remarkably well, though it's not for the faint of heart. James Woods is perfect as the jaded homicide investigator Lloyd Hopkins, who is assigned a ghastly case involving a young woman. His mentor, Dutch Peltz (Charles Durning) assists his investigation by repeatedly running interference for him, as their supervisor Captain Fred Gaffney (Raymond J. Barry) has a personal distaste for Hopkins, and doubts his theory that the latest victim is the most recent in a string of serial killings. While the entire cast in this film acquits themselves very well, Woods, During, and Barry are all tremendous in their roles, with Durning turning in the most nuanced performance in my estimation. The final cop with a major role in the film is crooked Deputy "Whitey" Haines, played by the great character actor Charles Haid, who is both menacing and creepy.

Hopkins has trouble at home, and his wife leaves him and takes the one thing he truly loves with him: his daughter. There are several contrivances in the film, and I found it unbelievable that a detective of Hopkins' abilities wouldn't at least attempt to track his daughter down; likewise a few of the pieces of detective work required connections that are almost impossibly coincidental in the real world. Despite these petty annoyances, the movie works very effectively as a thriller, and even takes Hopkins into the unseemly underbelly of the world of feminist poetry. (Really.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Nonsense Thriller with a Masculine Edge
Brilliant movie without any romantic hogwash or irrelevant drama.
One of the best plots in Hollywood, as well as masterful performance from James Woods. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Samim Salim
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie very violent action movie
not a family movie violent activities murders adult type action movie this would be R rated more than likely good crime movie
Published 11 months ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD
Nice Movie, I like James Woods good actor ,has good nice movies with Sean Young , other nice looking Ladys , Go James
Published 13 months ago by LARRY R MOUZON
4.0 out of 5 stars this guy is relentless.
this movie is really good,i like a movie with clues coming together,to show the big picture.james woods maybe off the force,but he's still in the game. Read more
Published 19 months ago by thunderunner
5.0 out of 5 stars great service and fast shipping.
I ordered this DVD and it arrived within two days. It was exactly what I ordered and it came as the description brand new. Would definitely buy from this seller again.
Published on March 31, 2010 by Da`Sean Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Cop - great movie
My husband is a big James Woods fan - he even met him this past summer! I was so glad to find this older title available, he loved it!
Published on January 30, 2010 by RI Deb
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Noir
Director/Producer James B. Harris has a pretty impressive resume: as producer, THE KILLING, PATHS OF GLORY & LOLITA with Stanley Kubrick. Read more
Published on January 14, 2010 by L. Cabos
4.0 out of 5 stars Love great endings
The ending of the movie made it all worthwhile for me. I am a big James Woods fan so always enjoy him.
Published on November 10, 2009 by slb
4.0 out of 5 stars riveting from start to finish
From Dick Tracy to Dirty Harry, the story is the same: rogue cop doesn't play by the rules and is on the track of a killer. Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by C. CRADDOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film
James Woods and James B Harris made a brilliant film out of James Ellroy's
" Blood On The Moon". Outstanding supporting cast as well. Read more
Published on July 22, 2008 by Donald J. Freeman
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