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Cop Land

Released 1997
Distributor Miramax

Squint your eyes and you’ll see a Scorsese film in director James Mangold’s 1997 crime drama co-starring Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro. Sylvester Stallone stars in this Serpico-like story about one good cop surrounded by a bunch of bad apples. Stallone won praise for his performance and his De Niro-esque commitment to the part (he gained 40 pounds for the production).

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.