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Keaton's Cop
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by Chris Parry

"Surprisingly enough, a pretty funny flick."
3 stars

Okay, so once you hear that this cop comedy/thriller stars Lee Majors, Abe Vigoda and Don Rickles, no court in the world would convict you for assuming that you’re about to watch a steaming pile of post-digested foodstuffs. Well bugger me with a pitchfork sidways if I’m lying, but this is actually a very funny flick with some great one-liners. Oh sure, it’s not even close to the quality of an American Beauty or Citizen Kane, but as a cute little comedy, not to mention a chance for old Abe Vigoda to shine as a lead once more, Keaton’s Cop more than does the trick.

Lee Majors and Don Rickles are partners in law enforcement when news comes down the wire that gangsters all over town are being executed. When one of the hits takes out the wrong man, the right man (Abe Vigoda) is taken into protective custody until the crime kingpin behind the murders can be brought to justice.

Of course, through a set of circumstances too contrived to bother explaining, Majors and Vigoda are thrust together and given 48 hours to find the criminals (sound familiar?) and it’s here that things get entertaining – cop and old-time gangster working together for a common cause.

“I may be a little grey around the balls, but there’s still one home run left in the bat.”

Vigoda is simply on fire in this film, which in all likelihood he thought would be his last chance to appear as a leading man – or anything – in a feature film. Honest Abe takes the bull by the horns and almost single-handedly makes this a watchable two hours with one-liners that leave you laughing, even though you can’t believe you could possibly laugh with a Lee Majors film. And Majors doesn’t let the team down either in the humor stakes. When he’s patted down at the criminal’s front door and told “Mrs Channing doesn’t like guns in the house,” he looks at the big stooge standing in front of him and replies, “That’s odd, she doesn’t seem to have a problem with shit...”

Also bringing the giggles are Rickles and Art LaFleur, who plays Majors’ haggard old chief, but sadly that’s where the fun ends. Tracy Brooks Swope, as Majors’ romantic interest, has all the sexuality and personality of a radish. Though she manages to take her shirt off a time or two, even that doesn’t distract the audience from the fact that she’s a talent vacuum. Similarly void of any shred of thespian ability is June Wilkinson, who plays the criminal mastermind ‘Big Mama’. She sleepwalks through her scenes and doesn’t even take her shirt off, so score her a point below Tracy Brooks Swope in the ‘reasons to be on screen’ stakes.

All in all, Keaton’s Cop, despite its terrible title, woeful female supporting cast, low budget and crappy storyline, is an entertaining way to waste ninety couch-bound minutes. It’s not every day you get to see a cast of has-beens give their careers one last roll of the dice, and if this is anything to go by, Vigoda especially deserves better than to be forgotten by audiences. Fun stuff.

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10/20/08 Shaun Wallner Great Film! 5 stars
11/10/06 Charla Cromwell Cute 5 stars
6/17/04 Anne Powell I went to HS with Tracey Swope, and she had no personality then either. 1 stars
10/09/03 Bob Tolken Very entertaining, 5 stars
2/26/03 Tom Hawkins Abe Vigoda gives the best performance of his career. 5 stars
1/30/03 Jack Clinton Vigoda is great! 3 stars
12/29/02 Jack Sommersby Majors is appealing; the film is lame and repulsive. 1 stars
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