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      Cop Killer

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews An angry offbeat psychological crime film. Rated: B May 14, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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      william k Fast-paced and quite exciting left-field thriller with a surprisingly convincing performance by John Lydon and Harvey Keitel at his best. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a strange one this. The plot is fairly good and the later scenes with John lydon are really good. Strangely the first half of the scene John lydon isn't quite acting and just being himself. Where as later he's more into ' character '. Not a great film nor is it a bad film. It's an okay film Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Great acting from Keitel. I don't know what John Lydon was thinking. I'm glad he stuck with the music, where his true talent lies. Okay premise, though hard to suss out motivations. Not really even a "good movie" but fun to watch if you want to see John Lydon actually suck at something, in a funny way. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/copkiller-11984480"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/11/98/44/11984480_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/copkiller-11984482"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/11/98/44/11984482_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/copkiller-11984462"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/11/98/44/11984462_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/cop-killer-11984453"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/11/98/44/11984453_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/copkiller-11984485"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/11/98/44/11984485_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> John Lydon </a> - <B><I> Copkiller </I></B> </div></div> 1983, aka <I>"Corrupt."</I> - With Harvey Keitel, John Lydon, and character actress Sylvia Sidney. Directed by Roberto Faenza. Cop killer is a very unusual psychological suspense piece about lies, subterfuge, guilt transference and obsession. Harvey Keitel plays a corrupt NYC narcotics cop who with his partner, has invested in a palatial but unfurnished secret apartment that the men use as a retreat while conducting double lives. Meanwhile, someone is busy assassinating NYC undercover narcotics cops. John Lydon (Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) is no Lawrence Olivier, but he is quite adept at his role in this film. He plays a rich-boy heir who has a cop fetish and a peculiar history of making false confessions to high profile crimes. He stalks Keitel for six months and finally shows up at the secret apartment, confronts Keitel and tells him that he (Lydon) is the cop killer. Keitel, shocked at being found out, takes Lydon prisoner in the apartment indefinitely and interrogates him. Oddly, Lydon won't cooperate, When Keitel mortally injures another officer in an attempt to prevent being exposed, Keitel puts Lydon to the test and orders him to kill the cop -under threat of death. At this point, matters go even more awry After a life and death struggle, Lydon takes control and begins to torment, psychologically manipulate and dominate Keitel. While they each try to gain the upper hand, their relationship becomes increasingly perverse, as Lydon attempts to drive Keitel to madness and murder. Keitel struggles to keep his sanity and the viewer attempts to puzzle out whether Lydon or Keitel is guilty, whether the cop Keitel wounded and Lydon finished off was dead or alive during the coup de gras, and where the truth lies. This is another film that presents the story in a way that is conducive to furthering the plot in an artful and efficient manner, unencumbered by the need to follow established, contrived formulas. As such it has an unconventional feel. It is an Italian film, is English language, with some recognizable American actors and NYC shooting locations. The interiors are Italian, which further makes this movie feel unconventional. While the interior shots don't look specifically Italian, or out of context, they vary enough from what one has learned to expect in NYC film cliches to grab and hold one's attention. For some reason this has the effect of giving the viewer the sense that he has an unusual angle on the reality portrayed by this particular police-suspense film. Copkiller is not a profound piece of art, but it is solid and atypical. The movie is efficiently written, and professionally shot and edited. It may be one of Keitel's most interesting roles. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member [font=Franklin Gothic Medium][size=5]Harvey Keitel and John Lydon ("johnny rotten" of sex pistols)....in a film worth searching out if you are a johhny rotten fan in particular...low budget, but any movie with harvey in it gains mor ethan a touch of class...violent and angry, and tense at times; lydon is surprisingly good(believable)...[/size][/font] Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Roberto Faenza