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Based on [[Performer~P309239~James Ellroy~jamesellroy]]'s novel Blood on the Moon, Cop is a grim, brutally violent, darkly humorous modern-day film noir. Lloyd Hopkins ([[Performer~P117297~James Woods~jameswoods]]), 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 ([[Performer~P74788~Lesley Ann Warren~lesleyannwarren]]) 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 [[Performer~P117297~Woods~jameswoods]]' chillingly effective performance. Few actors can make an amoral, clever, sardonic, and vicious character as appealing as Hopkins. As Hopkins, [[Performer~P117297~Woods~jameswoods]] 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


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
Jim Wilkey
as Watchman
Jan McGill
as Jen Hopkins
Banks Harper
as Teddy Bailey
Melinda Lynch
as Sarah Smith
Randy Pelish
as Employee
Dennis Stewart
as Lawrence "Birdman" Henderson
Rick Marotta
as Wilson
Christopher Blane
as Punk
Matt Almond
as Punk
Jimmy Woodard
as Robber
John Petievich
as Deputy
Christopher Wynne
as Jack Gibbs


James B. Harris
James B. Harris
James Ellroy
Book Author
Mikael Salomon
Michel Colombier
Composer (Music Score)
Anthony Spano
Gene Rudolf
Production Designer
James B. Harris
James Woods
Thomas Coleman
Executive Producer
Michael Rosenblatt
Executive Producer
Bill Myer
Special Effects
Larry Fioritto
Special Effects
John Petievich
Steve Kelso
Denver Mattson
Pamela Rack
Deborah Figuly