Raping, robbing, kidnapping, killing… Amir Shervan’s “Hollywood Cop” action never stops!

By on August 24, 2018

Iranian director Amir Shervan’s first English-language film, Hollywood Cop, follows what happens after a violent crime mob kidnaps the child of one of their former members only to find themselves having to deal with a renegade mullet-headed cop.

This NSFW cult classic — which also features cameos by veteran actors Cameron Mitchell, Troy Donahue and Aldo Ray — is now streaming on Night Flight Plus!

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The action — which includes multiple shootouts, car chases, fist fights and some sloppy kung-fu fighting, not to mention a little girl-on-girl oil wrestling and lots of Pepsi product placement — gets underway quickly after crime boss “Mr. Feliciano” (James Mitchum, the son of acting legend Robert Mitchum) dispatches a crew of expendable Mafioso soldiers with his instructions to kidnap a boy named “Stevie” (Brandon Angle, in his only movie role thus far).

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The mobsters head over to a small farm with additional instructions to kill all the eyewitnesses and spirit little Stevie off, who is busy washing his pet goat, Zambo.

They leave behind a ransom note for his mother “Rebecca” (Julie Schoenhofer, in her only onscreen credit) which states they want six million dollars for Stevie’s safe return.

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That $6 million matches the amount that Stevie’s dad, “Joe Fresno” (Larry Lawrence), stole from a Mafia chief’s widow.

Rebecca hasn’t seen her ex-husband in a long time, so even though the note says not to get the police involved, that’s exactly what she does, only the cops can’t really help.

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Then, at a Hollywood hot dog stand, she crosses paths with the mullet-coifed “Sgt. John Turquoise” — everyone calls him “Turkey” or “Turk” for short — who we’re told is a “good cop,” although his bosses “Captain Bonano” (Mitchell) and “Lieutenant Maxwell (Donahue) are perpetually pissed off at him.

Turk is played by David Goss, who has apparently only acted in episodes of TV’s “Simon & Simon” and a few movies, She (1982) and Armed Response (1986).

Before he can help her find her kid, Turkey has to first stop an attempted rape and robbery happening at a motel across the street. He shoots two of the three bad dudes, while the third gets beheaded by the victim’s husband.

Believing he may the only one who can help Rebecca get her son back from the mob, Turkey turns to his partner “Jaguar,” played by Lincoln Kilpatrick, who you may recognize from The Omega Man (1971), Soylent Green (1973), or Bulletproof (1988), to name a few of his other credits.

They seek help first from Rebecca’s brother, an ex-wrestler who now works at a strip club, but eventually their search for Fresno leads them to a backyard pool party where we get to see lots of girls cooling off by a pool.

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When Fresno learns his kid is involved, he comes up with the cash, and then he, Rebecca and Turk arrange to meet with Feliciano and his goon squad, including his a bearded henchman named “Animal.”

Everything goes to shit at the meet-up, though, when it turns out that Fresno is trying to buy back his boy with counterfeit money.

Little Stevie is kidnapped again, and Turk is suspended from the police force, but you can’t stop a cop like Turkey once he decides to take on the mob.

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Our plucky trio end p talking to a “Mr. Fong” (Aldo Ray), who runs a high-class bathhouse, who helps them discover where Stevie’s being held.

Turk then gets help from some of his biker pals, but you’ll just have to watch Hollywood Cop to see how it ends.

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Amir Shervan (left) with cameraman Peter Palian (photo courtesy of Cinema Epoch)

Iranian auteur Amir Shervan made just five films in the United States before retiring — along with 1987’s Hollywood Cop, the other titles include 1989’s Samurai Cop, 1990’s Killing American Style, 1991’s Gypsy and 1992’s Young Rebels — all of which are notable for their lack of production budget, offbeat humor and ramshackle editing frequently leaving acting flubs.

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Shervan — born Amir Hosein Ghaffar in Tehran, Iran, on May 24, 1929 — studied theater in Pasadena, California, in the 1940s, before moving back to Iran, where he launched a successful film career.

In 1979, after the Iranian Revolution, he moved back to California, where he began directing cheapo action flicks.

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All of Shervan’s American films are all being made available via Cinema Epoch and for more information, updates, rare photos, and other general goodness, check out the Facebook page they’ve set up.

Shervan died on November 1, 2006, at age 77.

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It’s nice to see veteran character actor Cameron Mitchell here, who gets one of the movie’s best lines:

“You know what you’ve done for me? The commissioner’s on my ass. I get gas. Every day ends with a Tums festival! Right now, because of you, I gotta go to the bathroom.”

It’s also nice to see Troy Donahue, who was memorable as Hatchet-Face’s father in John Waters’ Cry-Baby (1990), among his many, many screen credits.

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Both actors make the most of the few minutes they get, and the same can be said for Aldo Ray, who starred alongside Humphrey Bogart in We’re No Angels (1955) and John Wayne in The Green Berets (1968). His last film was Amir Shervan’s Young Rebels (1992).

Hollywood Cop also features a cheeseball, synth-heavy soundtrack by Persian music producer Elton Ahi that sounds like it was composed for an ’80s porn flick. It’ll have you bow-chicka-wow-wowwin’ all night long!

Watch Hollywood Cop and other cult classics on Night Flight Plus!

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.