Top 10 Corrupt Movie Cops

Apparently our friends over in the criminal justice department are also big movie dorks as well. And what kind of movie would they like the best? The kind with corrupt officials of course! So I stumbled upon this list the other day about movie cops gone bad. Seems like an easy topic to list off, but there were several on here I almost forgot about. There are probably hundreds more, but here are ten good ones. Beware that there may be some *SPOILERS* in the text that follows. And I need to rewatch L.A. Confidential someday soon.


10. Dudley Smith, L.A. Confidential
You may want to think of James Cromwell as the sweet farmer who gave a pig a chance in Babe, but he shows another side of himself in L.A. Confidential. He basically controls the organized crime in L.A., blackmails city officials to get his way, and murders (or has someone else murder) everyone that gets in the way of his quest for drugs and power. It’s hard to even keep track of all the people he kills during the movie and before it even starts. This may have just been the unedited Babe sequel, Babe: Pig in the City.



9. Norman Stansfield, Leon the Professional
If you haven’t seen this film, you should if only to see a bad-ass 12-year-old Natalie Portman. She plays Mathilda, a girl whose whole family has been murdered by corrupt DEA agents headed up by Norman “Stan” Stansfield. Mathilda’s father had been keeping cocaine for the agents, but they found out he’d been keeping some for himself, and Stansfield, who’s addicted to drugs himself, decided to take out the whole family. Mathilda was out shopping when the murders happened, so now Stansfield wants to find her and kill her. She’s not totally helpless since she finds a father figure in the hitman down the hall, but it’s still not very nice of this officer to be trying to gun down a little girl.

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Bad Lieutenant 2: A Trailer for the Ages

Full disclosure: I haven’t seen Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant but if it’s anything like this, I’m going to have to check it out.

In a few hours time the thing will disappear and we’ll be slapping our knees that some poor schmuck with too much time on his hands took a bunch of Nicholas Cage movies and cut together a trailer. But then there’s the fact that we haven’t heard these lines before. And wait, isn’t that Val Kilmer? They’ve never been in a movie together…

Yes, it’s here and it’s glorious. I mean glorious. This trailer is so cheesy and over the top that it reaches proportions of awesomeness. Werner Herzog is going all out parody here and it’s the greatest thing I’ve seen this year. When’s this movie coming out?

Written by William M. Finkelstein, whose previous writing credits include a number of TV cop dramas, has put together this script which features Cage as a crack addicted cop. If that’s not good enough, how about instantly quotable lines like “You don’t have a lucky crack pipe?” (I’m not kidding) and gems like “What’s this fucking iguana doing on my coffee table?”

Aside from Kilmer and Cage Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans also stars Fairuza Balk, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Coolidge and Xzibit. At the moment, it has no US distributor but I’m assuming that may change soon.

Enough words. Check it out: (Update: YouTube trailer is no longer available. Here is a replacement)

Kudos to Drew McWeeny for the find.