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Movie Review on Copland Much has been written about Sylvester Stallones return to serious acting in Copland Its an entirely different matter however to watch the action superstar in this new role than it is to read and hear about it In Copland Stallone plays Freddy Heflin the shy overweight rather dumb sheriff of the tiny town of Garrison New Jersey The most noticeable thing about Freddy isnt the caliber of his gun its the size of his paunch And every time Freddy confronts Coplands villain Ray Donlan Harvey Keitel something extraordinary happens he meekly backs down Its a strange thing to see Stallone playing someone whose primary characteristic is impotence While this is probably the actors best turn since Rocky and he does a credible job that may earn him the opportunity to do more serious work in the future Stallones performance is outshone on all sides Thats not a knock against him its an acknowledgment that the supporting cast is about the best that it can be Although Keitels one-dimensional over-the-top portrayal isnt all that impressive both Ray Liotta and Robert DeNiro manage to craft well-developed interesting characters In smaller roles Janeane Garofalo Robert Patrick and Anabella Sciorra are equally impressive Writerdirector James Mangold who earned the chance to make Copland on the strength of his debut feature Heavy uses the same kind of main character here as in the previous film Freddy is a lonely loner -- insecure about himself and his place in the world and always dreaming of a woman and a life he cannot have In Heavy Pruitt Taylor Vince longed for Liv Tyler Here the woman who represents Freddys perfect female is Liz Randone Anabella Sciorra The relationship between these two is one of Coplands most fascinating elements but it lacks any kind of resolution and that represents one of several frustrating aspects of the films ending Ultimately Copland is just
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