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One Good Cop

Michael Keaton plays a staunchly decent cop who's as close to his longtime partner (Anthony LaPaglia) as he is to his fashion designer wife (Rene Russo). When widowed LaPaglia gets killed in an heroic attempt to save a woman's life, Keaton and Russo take in his three orphaned little girls and decide they want to keep them.

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Michael Keaton Rene Russo Anthony LaPaglia Kevin Conway Rachel Ticotin Tony Plana

Michael Keaton plays a staunchly decent cop who’s as close to his longtime partner (Anthony LaPaglia) as he is to his fashion designer wife (Rene Russo). When widowed LaPaglia gets killed in an heroic attempt to save a woman’s life, Keaton and Russo take in his three orphaned little girls and decide they want to keep them.

But the authorities seem rather eager to take them away and Keaton’s crowded digs can’t accommodate a family, so he winds up on a wrong-side-of-the law stunt to come up with enough money to be a hero at home.

The drug-dealer villains and inner-city skirmishes here are standard issue, and pic’s basic parameters are only a cut above telefilm fare. Still, it’s the skill with which the writer-director works the audience into the palm of his hand that makes this a crowd-pleaser.

Keaton demonstrates remarkable range and dexterity, giving his best performance since Clean and Sober [1988], and soulful LaPaglia projects a toned-down version of the same true-hearted qualities that made him so winning in Betsy’s Wed ding [1990].

One Good Cop

Production: Hollywood/Silver Screen Partners IV. Director Heywood Gould; Producer Laurence Mark; Screenplay Heywood Gould; Camera Ralf Bode; Editor Richard Marks; Music David Foster, William Ross; Art Director Sandy Veneziano

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: Michael Keaton Rene Russo Anthony LaPaglia Kevin Conway Rachel Ticotin Tony Plana

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