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Based on James Ellroy's novel Blood on the Moon, Cop is a grim, brutally violent, darkly humorous modern-day film noir. Lloyd Hopkins (James Woods), is an obsessive, amoral LAPD police detective investigating a murder he believes to have been the work of a serial killer. Hopkins is cynical and obsessed with the way society fills women's heads with fairy-tale promises of romance. "Innocence kills," he sneers. "I see it every day." His investigation leads him to the bookstore of a writer of feminist poetry (Lesley Ann Warren) who has for some time been receiving gifts of poems and flowers from an unknown admirer. Hopkins, looking through her diaries, realizes that the dates of the gifts correspond to the dates of the murders, and he begins a hunt for the killer which leads to a violent and exciting conclusion. Cop is completely absorbing because of Woods' chillingly effective performance. Few actors can make an amoral, clever, sardonic, and vicious character as appealing as Hopkins. As Hopkins, Woods combines complex contradictions with ease, showing the various sides of his character's personality. Cop, while singularly unpleasant is always insightful and fascinating. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

  • Release date:January 8, 1988

Cast

James Woods
as Lloyd Hopkins
Lesley Ann Warren
as Kathleen McCarthy
Charles Durning
as Dutch Pelz
Charles Haid
as Delbert "Whitey" Haines
Randi Brooks
as Joanie Pratt
Raymond J. Barry
as Capt. Fred Gaffney
Steve Lambert
as Bobby Franco
Annie McEnroe
as Amy Cranfield
Vicki Wauchope
as Penny Hopkins
Christopher Wynne
as Jack Gibbs
Jan McGill
as Jen Hopkins
Melinda Lynch
as Sarah Smith
John Petievich
as Deputy
Dennis Stewart
as Lawrence "Birdman" Henderson
Randy Pelish
as Employee
Rick Marotta
as Wilson
Christopher Blane
as Punk
Matt Almond
as Punk
Banks Harper
as Teddy Bailey
Jim Wilkey
as Watchman
Jimmy Woodard
as Robber
Matt Almond
as Punk
Jimmy Woodard
as Robber
Christopher Blane
as Punk
John Petievich
as Deputy
Christopher Wynne
as Jack Gibbs
Jim Wilkey
as Watchman
Melinda Lynch
as Sarah Smith
Banks Harper
as Teddy Bailey
Jan McGill
as Jen Hopkins
Randy Pelish
as Employee
Rick Marotta
as Wilson
Dennis Stewart
as Lawrence "Birdman" Henderson

Crew

James B. Harris
Director
James B. Harris
Screenwriter
James Ellroy
Book Author
Mikael Salomon
Cinematographer
Michel Colombier
Composer (Music Score)
Anthony Spano
Editor
Gene Rudolf
Production Designer
James B. Harris
Co-producer
James Woods
Co-producer
Thomas Coleman
Executive Producer
Michael Rosenblatt
Executive Producer
Bill Myer
Special Effects
Larry Fioritto
Special Effects
John Petievich
Consultant/advisor
Steve Kelso
Stunts
Denver Mattson
Stunts
Pamela Rack
Casting
Deborah Figuly
Makeup
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