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One Good Cop Review

Updated on June 23, 2020
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One Good Cop (1991) review

This was a very good action drama that pulled at the heartstrings. It was made in the early 90s but has a gritty 80s cop movie feel to it. There were compelling characters and an excellent script. There were a few slow scenes early on, but I think modern action movies are made with higher adrenaline, which is good and bad. There was definitely more drama than action, which sometimes created a lull. The acting and the storyline made up for the weak moments overall and I really enjoyed this film.


One Good Cop (1991) was written and directed by Heywood Gould and stars Michael Keaton and Rene Russo. Detective Artie Lewis (Keaton) is married with no kids and works for the NYPD. One day while on a call, his partner of 8 years gets murdered and leaves Artie sole custody of his 3 daughters. Artie's wife instantly falls in love with the girls, and now he must decide what lengths he will go to to support his new family and avenge the death of his partner.


This is a story about what happens when life throws you a curveball that you are not prepared for. It is about the struggle for right and wrong and the ethics of stealing from the rich and undeserving to help the poor and unfortunate. Michael Keaton is a seasoned professional and it was great seeing him in this early role. It's hard to imagine that this is the guy who stars in Beetlejuice and Batman. He is a very diverse actor to say the least.


I enjoyed this movie overall and I would recommend it to anyone who likes action and drama.


Film trivia

  • One Good Cop had a budget of 4 million dollars It had a worldwide gross of 11.2 million dollars.
  • This film was produced by Hollywood Pictures and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures.
  • This film was shot in New York and California.
  • The original title was "We're Alive".
  • One of the bad guys references the Ghostbusters. Coincidentally, Michael Keaton was offered the roles of Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler, which went to Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. Michael Keaton worked with Harold Ramis on Multiplicity (1996).,

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