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Chota74
10-03-2007, 04:33 PM
Sorry if this has been asked before...but what are your favorite cop movies?Which have the most accurate portrayal of the life of a cop?

Seventy2002
10-03-2007, 05:14 PM
Which have the most accurate portrayal of the life of a cop?

There's the one that opens with a tight shot of the suspect's bloody hands, handcuffed behind him. An officer's hand, dirty with skinned knuckes, is holding each elbow. The camera stays tight on the hands; the lighting and sound of footsteps change as they walk into the the station, down corridors, into the jail and into the booking cage.
For the next six hours the officers write reports, fill out evidence tags, drink bad coffee and suffer interruptions from fools who want to know what happened.

Darn...what's the name of that movie?

Oh yeah, nobody's made it yet.

Frank Booth
10-03-2007, 08:11 PM
My favorite cop movie is "L.A. Confidential". I don't think any cop movie I've ever seen was realistic.....Way too much drama. The most realistic thing that the show biz folks have ever come up with was, and is, "Barney Miller".

furetto7
10-03-2007, 08:19 PM
I'm going to have to go with "Last Action Hero", one of the most realistic and gritty portrayals of police work to have ever hit the silver screen.

1042 Trooper
10-03-2007, 08:20 PM
As to correct portrayal of an incident, The Onion Field was by7 far the most accurate.

For comedy but truth, The New Centurians started it all and was fantastic.

For action, nothing beat the Dirty Harry Series.

For television series, Hill Street Blues was a classic many cops watched on their dinner break or squad room TV. It was mandatory viewing.

Recently, I loved Third Watch. Never missed it.

1042 Trooper
10-03-2007, 08:21 PM
There's the one that opens with a tight shot of the suspect's bloody hands, handcuffed behind him. An officer's hand, dirty with skinned knuckes, is holding each elbow. The camera stays tight on the hands; the lighting and sound of footsteps change as they walk into the the station, down corridors, into the jail and into the booking cage.
For the next six hours the officers write reports, fill out evidence tags, drink bad coffee and suffer interruptions from fools who want to know what happened.

Darn...what's the name of that movie?

Oh yeah, nobody's made it yet.
:D:D:D:D:D

mdrdep
10-03-2007, 10:57 PM
favorite TV comedy: COPS

Ten10
10-03-2007, 11:10 PM
Training day















ok not realistic, but it's still one of my fav's.

Yeah, Seventy2002, the movie that has 10 minutes of good action, then the rest filled with paperwork...coffee, stupid calls...back to paperwork, interrupted with more stupid calls...then paperwork again.

Shaidon
10-03-2007, 11:14 PM
The Departed was pretty dang good, but really none of the LE movies out there are accurate. Still fun to watch 'em though.

deputyryan
10-03-2007, 11:22 PM
Training day















ok not realistic, but it's still one of my fav's.

Yeah, Seventy2002, the movie that has 10 minutes of good action, then the rest filled with paperwork...coffee, stupid calls...back to paperwork, interrupted with more stupid calls...then paperwork again.

lol...Man I hated that movie.

Best cop movie...or best movie I should say is The Departed. Colors is also a great movie. Those two would be my favorite cop movies.

barkalot
10-03-2007, 11:29 PM
Colors

I'm lookin' forward to American Gangster with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

just joe
10-04-2007, 09:03 AM
I kinda liked "Turner and Hooch."

CruiserClass
10-04-2007, 09:05 AM
The first fifteen "Police Academy" films, but after that they kind of went downhill as far as realism is concerned.

Nightshift va
10-04-2007, 11:11 AM
Colors

I'm lookin' forward to American Gangster with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

I totally agree many of the hollywood movies about police work aren't accurate. The movie COLORS with liberal Sean Penn and Robert Duval is probably the most accurate one about working in a city environment though LA is another world all together. There used to be a tv show called "High Incident" with Blair Underwood and Brian Keith that was also close to realistic. Sometimes Unfortunately "RENO 911" is so funny because to a degree it is accurate.

Nightshift va
10-04-2007, 11:15 AM
Training day















ok not realistic, but it's still one of my fav's.

Yeah, Seventy2002, the movie that has 10 minutes of good action, then the rest filled with paperwork...coffee, stupid calls...back to paperwork, interrupted with more stupid calls...then paperwork again.


Training day put it out there for many with the absolute fact of life that sometimes to stop the "wolves" you have to be like one.

KapsFB
10-04-2007, 11:30 AM
Recently, I loved Third Watch. Never missed it.

Really liked Third Watch also.

NYPD Blue was one of my favorites. Let's not forget Dragnet. The TV series with Jack Webb and Harry Morgan. Talk about 1960's flatfeet! (or is that flatfoots?).

83cane
10-04-2007, 01:30 PM
Super Troopers.

Phlip
10-04-2007, 04:52 PM
I sorta liked Copland when Silvester Stallone was all overweight and played sorta "Joe Average" Sheriff.

Departed was good.

Kycop28
10-04-2007, 08:08 PM
Not really a COP MOVIE but I really liked the series "3rd watch" everything was realistic. If I had to choose a movie I would say "Colors" or "Dark Blue".

1042 Trooper
10-04-2007, 08:29 PM
Really liked Third Watch also.

NYPD Blue was one of my favorites. Let's not forget Dragnet. The TV series with Jack Webb and Harry Morgan. Talk about 1960's flatfeet! (or is that flatfoots?).
Oh, man, I forgot about NYPD Blue. It was great till Jimmy Smitz croaked. Thedn, downhill. Y'know, I can count the number of times I've cried like a friggin baby at movies or TV, but that episode when he died just about killed ME, when he asked God if he copuld see his little boy (in the future).

I was worthless for the rest of the night. :(:(:(

Zuko
10-04-2007, 09:26 PM
Colors
Fort Apachie The Brox
In The Line Of Duty
Dirty Harry Series

ateamer
10-04-2007, 11:48 PM
Short Time with Dabney Coleman was a riot, kinda dating myself.


Was that the one with the cop who was (so he thought) dying of cancer and did all kinds of crazy heroics trying to die in the line of duty before his impending retirement so his kid would get his life insurance, only to find out that he had been misdiagnosed?

ateamer
10-04-2007, 11:49 PM
Colors
LA Confidential
Super Troopers
Dirty Harry series
Coogan's Bluff

Bighead
10-05-2007, 05:36 AM
Everyone knows the classics: Dirty Harry, LA Confidential, Colors, etc. All excellent films. But for those film buffs who like cop movies, here are some of the lesser known and older titles that I highly recommend:

Narc (w/Ray Liotta & Jason Patric)

Even Hand (w/Bill Sage & Bill Dawes)

The New Centurions (w/George C. Scott & Stacy Keach)

Borderline (w/Charles Bronson)

The Tin Star (w/Henry Fonda & Anthony Perkins)

grog18b
10-05-2007, 07:28 AM
Best cop movie of all time? Blazing Saddles. "Sheriff Bart only man to ever whoop Mongo... Mongo have deep respect for Sheriff Bart."

GoldBadge
10-05-2007, 07:42 AM
The most realistic depiction of the NYPD of old....including uniforms and attitudes....was "Fort Apache - The Bronx" with Paul Newman. Great movie.

My favorite too.


LET THE BROTHERS GO!!!


Connolly: [walking into the precinct for the first time] Captain Duggan's Office?

Pantuzzi: [points toward the right without looking up] .

Connolly: Don't you monitor the people who ask to see the commander, Sergeant? What if I was a lunatic with a gun?

Pantuzzi: Then you wouldn't be a police officer Captain Connolly. Or would you?

Connolly: What's your name, Sergeant?

Pantuzzi: Kicking *** and taking names eh Captain? Well I'm Sergeant Anthony Pantuzzi. I have 22 years on the job and I'm ready to retire tomorrow if I get a hard time from my new commander. I'll take the half-pension before I take any crap from anybody.
[pointing again]

Pantuzzi: Captain Duggan's office is over on the right close to the street as he can get.

Connolly: [surprised, yet amused] Thank youuuuu Sergeant.

Sleuth
10-05-2007, 03:36 PM
The most realistic, true to the street movie?


Beverly Hills Cop II

Exactly as we live it! No reports, lots of illegal breaking and entering, shoot lots of folks and still no reports. Police work at it's best!

Blazing Saddles for out here in the West. A Black Bart for Sheriff? You bet.

TKennedy1975
10-05-2007, 05:42 PM
"'Scuse me while I whip this out!!"

:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

Best. Line. Ever.

Sleuth
10-08-2007, 04:39 PM
"I'm particularly pleased these children got to hear that genuine western gibberish!"

SgtScott31
10-08-2007, 05:43 PM
This was the best cop movie ever...

http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/d/dreddss.jpg

:D

APD_85
10-09-2007, 12:40 AM
Not a movie but does anyone remember "High Incident" with David Keith? I think it came on ABC. That was a good show.

knox
10-09-2007, 01:08 AM
Not a movie, but have any of you guys ever watched "The Wire".

I always wondered about that show. It seemed to get a lot more involved with the politics aspect of police work. And from the few cops I have spoken with seemed to be more accurate than most shows and movies.

Outlying
10-09-2007, 04:51 AM
This really isn't a movie, but Adam-12 is my all time favorite, and about as realistic (within the bounds of 1960s TV) as it gets. For those of you who are a little young to remember Reid and Malloy, I'd urge you to get a few episodes off Amazon or e-bay.

shablee
10-09-2007, 10:29 AM
A good bad cop/good cop movie is "One Tough Cop," with Alec Baldwin and Chris Penn. The ulitimate cop movie is.........Robo Cop! If I'm not mistaken, they even made a porno out of it "Robo Co*#."

benhowden
10-09-2007, 10:58 AM
The Onion Field

1042 Trooper
10-09-2007, 12:45 PM
Call me the odd duck (I know, hard to believe) but I reeeally liked, Cop Rock!

Okay. Stop laughing now. And quit rolling your eyes. I can see you!

PC Plum
10-09-2007, 02:47 PM
No ones mentioned "HOT FUZZ"
No sense of homour that's the trouble with you lot!:)

Cockney Corner.
10-09-2007, 04:26 PM
No ones mentioned "HOT FUZZ"

The part of the movie where Angel is transferred to a post because he vaguely expressed an interest in it is frighteningly true:

"Well, you've always wanted a transfer to the country."
"In twenty years or so, yes."
"Well done you."

That said, favourite cop movie? One False Move or Copland.

FrozenNorthAK
10-09-2007, 04:35 PM
Office Space! Didnt you get the memo?

eco1103a
10-09-2007, 06:21 PM
There's the one that opens with a tight shot of the suspect's bloody hands, handcuffed behind him. An officer's hand, dirty with skinned knuckes, is holding each elbow. The camera stays tight on the hands; the lighting and sound of footsteps change as they walk into the the station, down corridors, into the jail and into the booking cage.
For the next six hours the officers write reports, fill out evidence tags, drink bad coffee and suffer interruptions from fools who want to know what happened.

Darn...what's the name of that movie?

Oh yeah, nobody's made it yet.


*a round of applause*

totalchaos
10-09-2007, 10:03 PM
Recently, I loved Third Watch. Never missed it.

is that still on?

Kieth M.
10-09-2007, 10:13 PM
For the west coast....

Onion Field for LAPD - except for the screwed up flag-fold at the funeral!

Dead Bang for LASD.

Dirty Harry for SFPD.

And for Chicago...

Above the Law....back when Steven Seagal was new and worth watching.

And for NYPD...

Out for Justice...back when Steven Seagal was still worth watching.

pulicords
10-09-2007, 10:52 PM
To Live and Die in L.A. (I still get the shivers when I think of the two Secret Service agents getting involved in a robbery and.....)

The best (IMO) cop shows on TV were some of the Police Story episodes (an anthology from the '70's) and HBO's The Wire.

Kieth M.
10-14-2007, 10:58 PM
To Live and Die in L.A. (I still get the shivers when I think of the two Secret Service agents getting involved in a robbery and.....)

The actor playing Willem Dafoe's partner, 'Jack' was an off-duty LAPD sergeant, John 'Jack' Hoar. A good guy and one who is sorely missed by many at LAPD after he retired.

190
10-17-2007, 01:15 AM
For me it would have to be
Serpico.\About the Knap commission

renli3d
10-17-2007, 01:19 AM
Not a movie, but have any of you guys ever watched "The Wire".

I always wondered about that show. It seemed to get a lot more involved with the politics aspect of police work. And from the few cops I have spoken with seemed to be more accurate than most shows and movies.


I would second the wire, it's the most accurate depiction of cops I've ever seen on TV.

10 FORTY 3
10-17-2007, 04:13 PM
Tombstone or Smokey and the Bandit...do those count?

Scouts Out
10-18-2007, 11:58 PM
There's the one that opens with a tight shot of the suspect's bloody hands, handcuffed behind him. An officer's hand, dirty with skinned knuckes, is holding each elbow. The camera stays tight on the hands; the lighting and sound of footsteps change as they walk into the the station, down corridors, into the jail and into the booking cage.
For the next six hours the officers write reports, fill out evidence tags, drink bad coffee and suffer interruptions from fools who want to know what happened.

Darn...what's the name of that movie?

Oh yeah, nobody's made it yet.

:p

I saw a similar movie. The one I saw had the same beginning, but when the officer got the arreste into detention, the arreste informed him of a keystered bindle of meth. The officer found out later he would have to transport the arreste to county, and somehow managed to aquire two more from more senior officers.....who knew their probable cause decks were kind of weak....and knew the deputies would note is as well prior to kicking it back.

The movie went on to show the officer taking reports home and completing them on his own time because "overtime is for whiners."

It was a sweet movie :p

dfwblue
10-20-2007, 06:23 PM
Not a movie, but have any of you guys ever watched "The Wire".

I always wondered about that show. It seemed to get a lot more involved with the politics aspect of police work. And from the few cops I have spoken with seemed to be more accurate than most shows and movies.
The Wire is an excellent series.

I also enjoyed Boomtown for the short time it was on.

350zfern
10-22-2007, 10:13 AM
No one liked that movie "tango and Cash"??? with Stallone and Russle?

Kieth M.
10-22-2007, 10:39 AM
No one liked that movie "tango and Cash"??? with Stallone and Russle?

I'm beginning to think that Stallone may just catch up to Steven Seagal, for appearing in the worst police movies....here's two more Stallone cop stinkers: Stop, or My Mom Will Shoot! and the direct-to-video Rehab (AKA: Eye See You)...a story of a serial killer stalking and killing police officers while they are in an alcohol-recovery, outward-bounds type of treatment center.

350zfern
10-22-2007, 12:14 PM
I'm beginning to think that Stallone may just catch up to Steven Seagal, for appearing in the worst police movies....here's two more Stallone cop stinkers: Stop, or My Mom Will Shoot! and the direct-to-video Rehab


Well i agree he is not the greatest actor, but i really enjoyed the whole good cop bad cop thing. I also forgot to mention the Lethal Weapons movies.. in particular part 3 was my favorite.

t150vsuptpr
10-22-2007, 04:00 PM
I know the main actor likely killed his GF later in life, but I still enjoy watching "Electra Glide in Blue" on occasion.

There is also:

"Lone Star" (It was made or released 1996, mostly near Eagle Pass, Texas ... but the scene on the deserted bridge where Old Sheriff Charlie Wade [Kris Kristofferson] kills the driver of a truck carrying illegals across in a flashback, and where current Sheriff Sam Deeds [Chris Cooper] is seen standing years later is an old abandoned section of Highway 90, a bridge beside a RR bridge, located on the north side of current Highway 90 west of the Pecos canyon, east of Langtry, Texas. It's the part of the world where I got my "statrt" so to speak, always a personal favorite ... and it's a great mystery besides the wonderful scenery.)

"Copland"

"Ft. Apache, the Bronx"

"Dirty Harry"

"Judge Dredd"

"Outland"

"Detective Story" (1951, Kirk Douglas was in it)

"Bullitt"

"The French Connection"

... and there's "Cobra" (the Merc made it, would have been better without the unrealistic stunts and nitrous though, would have been better had they just kept it more "real").

I'll no doubt think of more "favorites" that I enjoy seeing again from time to time. :)

miked6
10-22-2007, 05:50 PM
Sorry if this has been asked before...but what are your favorite cop movies?Which have the most accurate portrayal of the life of a cop?

Untouchables!

janego10
10-22-2007, 08:33 PM
[QUOTE=t150vsuptpr;997080]I know the main actor likely killed his GF later in life, but I still enjoy watching "Electra Glide in Blue" on occasion.

QUOTE]


great movie, glad someone mentioned it

Tim Dees
10-23-2007, 03:47 PM
Not a movie, but have any of you guys ever watched "The Wire".

I always wondered about that show. It seemed to get a lot more involved with the politics aspect of police work. And from the few cops I have spoken with seemed to be more accurate than most shows and movies.Any movie that emphasizes the influence of politics in police work, internal politics in particular, make the movie more realistic. In my experience, cops spend a lot more time and experience more grief negotiating internal politics than they do with crime problems.


This really isn't a movie, but Adam-12 is my all time favorite, and about as realistic (within the bounds of 1960s TV) as it gets. For those of you who are a little young to remember Reid and Malloy, I'd urge you to get a few episodes off Amazon or e-bay.A friend of mine lives around the corner from Martin Milner, who played Pete Malloy. Milner had a stroke a couple of years back and is pretty much out of it now. Very sad, as he was something of a role model for many of us baby boomers.


The Onion FieldJoseph Wambaugh was so upset over the way that "The Choirboys" was hacked up for the movie that he financed this production out of his own pocket, and picked actors that actually resembled the people they were playing. This caused him to recruit some then-unknowns like James Woods, Ted Danson, Ronny Cox, Christopher Lloyd, and Richard Herd.


Call me the odd duck (I know, hard to believe) but I reeeally liked, Cop Rock!

Okay. Stop laughing now. And quit rolling your eyes. I can see you!I have a bunch of those on video tape. I need to transfer them before the tape prints through.


Untouchables!I think that was very down-to-earth with regard to Sean Connery's character. There was a lot of cop wisdom in his lines.

Bonz
10-23-2007, 06:02 PM
-ricochet
-deep Cover

ateamer
10-23-2007, 07:25 PM
Joseph Wambaugh was so upset over the way that "The Choirboys" was hacked up for the movie that he financed this production out of his own pocket, and picked actors that actually resembled the people they were playing. This caused him to recruit some then-unknowns like James Woods, Ted Danson, Ronny Cox, Christopher Lloyd, and Richard Herd.

The Choirboys was possibly the worst movie ever made. Not just the worst cop movie, but worst movie, period. They butchered the book, showed little ability to transpose from the book to the screen, and did a poor job of casting. They should have cast Stacy Keach as Sgt. Yanov, Charles Haid as Roscoe and George Kennedy as Spermwhale. The movie as it was, was a slap in the face to Wambaugh.

Mikis
10-23-2007, 08:54 PM
The Departed