|COPKILLER (CORRUPT) (ORDER OF DEATH) (director/writer: Roberto Faenza; screenwriters: Ennio de Concini/Hugh Fleetwood/based on the novel ''The Order of Death'' by Hugh Fleetwood; cinematographer: Giuseppe Pinori; editor: Nino Baragli; music: Ennio Morricone; cast: Harvey Keitel (Lt. Fred O'Connor), John Lydon (Leo Smith), Sylvia Sydney (Margaret Smith), Leonard Mann (Bob Carvo), Nicole Garcia (Lenore Carvo); Runtime: 99; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Elda Ferri; New Line Cinema; 1983)|
offbeat psychological crime film."
by Dennis Schwartz
An angry offbeat psychological crime film directed by Roberto Faenza ("Anita B"/"Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You"/"The Soul Keeper"). It's based on the novel ''The Order of Death'' by Hugh Fleetwood, and is co-written by Faenza, Fleetwood and Ennio de Concini.
Keitel) is a corrupt NYPD
officer, who, because of his deals with drug
dealers, can afford to keep an expensive co-op pad
uptown. Fred shares ownership of the apartment
with an equally crooked partner
(Leonard Mann). Both men do not live there, but
visit. Fred keeps as a prisoner the sickly
young man Leo Smith (John
Lydon, also known as the Sex
Pistol's lead singer Johnny Rotten), whom he has
boarded up in his bathroom and relentlessly
beats him. He's a cop killer
who will confess only to Fred. But instead of the
prisoner breaking down and being contrite for his
actions, Fred eventually does.
strange tension between the two confrontational
characters that gives this pic a fascinatingly
The popular old-time actress Sylvia Sydney plays Lydon's mom. Nicole Garcia plays the wife of Leonard Mann.
REVIEWED ON 5/11/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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