This police drama was a real change of pace for Sylvester Stallone, who appears in a touching role as Freddy Heflin – an out-of-shape New Jersey sheriff with a hearing disability and zero self-esteem, patrolling the township of Garrison, a community of New York City cops.
Stallone gives his all (including a dramatic weight gain for the role) as his character uncovers corruption among his major league police friends, and is easily the match of a terrific cast, which includes Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and a really nasty Ray Liotta.
Writer/director James Mangold’s urban western succumbs to a few clumsy contrivances, but the quality of the acting, the evocative score (by Howard Shore) and the film’s riveting climax are recommendation enough.
Sheriff Freddy Heflin
Robert De Niro
Deputy Cindy Betts
Deputy Bill Gelster
PDA President Lassaro