The title "Cop Land" refers to an area of New Jersey where police officers and their families are in majority. Most of the cops work in the big city (NY) and the only law enforcer left is Sheriff Freddy (Sylvester Stallone), a docile, overweight, and half-deaf guy who lives alone. Always the diplomat, Freddy doesn't realise at first that something as nasty as corruption is starting to infest his cop neighbors/friends. As things get hot, Freddy is drawn ever closer to a point of no return for the second time in his life (the first time was when he without thinking jumped into the river and saved the life of a woman he still loves).
This is one of the best "crime dramas"/"cop thrillers" I've seen. It's intelligent, suspenseful, and has some very nice characterizations. Stallone does an unforgettable performance here, taking advantage of his gentle manner of speaking and his slow, sweet smile and adding a depth to his character that makes you really care for this guy. The rest of the cast is also great, especially Keitel and Liotta (who looks more bloated then ever).
Who will win the dirty game of corruption? That is the question which is being played out with ingenous plot complexity and strong emotions sizzling beneath the surface. If you choose to spend some time with Freddy & the gang, you'll find it was a time well spent.