(Robert Loggia, Gerald O'Loughlin, Russell Hardie, William Neff, et al / DVD / NR / 2011 / MGM)
Overview: Imaginative filmmaking enhances this tale of summer violence in New York City as police seek a cop killer.
DVD Verdict: 'Cop Hater' is a very interesting, well done look at the late 1950's in NY, on the streets and in the precinct house. What is so amazing is that you really can tell which actors will end up stars or at least significant players. Charisma is very real and evident here. Robert Loggia is a revelation.
I've never seen him so young and yet he is very macho and attractive. The camera loves him and I'll bet that a lot of viewers do as well. A boyish Jerry Orbach is certainly an eye full as well. Keep an eye out for him in a small role as one of the members of the "Grovers" gang. He appears when members of the gang are brought in for questioning and a fight breaks out.
Recommended as a very interesting exploration of the past that is now just receding beyond easy recollection. Cannot say that the female performers are as memorable but then, one can't have everything but this dishes up quite a lot and the author certainly deserves his subsequent career. This is a Full Screen presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.