One Good Cop

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

One Good Cop (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“One Good Cop” is a crime drama film released in 1991, directed by Heywood Gould. The movie stars Michael Keaton as Artie Lewis and Rene Russo as Rita Lewis, with Anthony LaPaglia and Benjamin Bratt in supporting roles.

The story follows Artie Lewis, a dedicated and honest police officer, who is left devastated after his partner is killed in the line of duty. Artie also faces personal struggles as his wife, Rita, is diagnosed with cancer, leaving him with mounting medical bills and the responsibility of caring for their three young daughters.

In an attempt to secure a better future for his family, Artie and his partner Stevie Diroma (played by Anthony LaPaglia) come across a large sum of drug money during a routine drug bust. They decide to keep the money to pay off Rita’s medical bills and support their families.

However, their actions draw the attention of both ruthless drug dealers and internal affairs investigators, leading Artie into a dangerous and morally complicated situation. He must navigate the thin line between his sense of justice and doing what is necessary to protect his family.

“One Good Cop” explores themes of integrity, sacrifice, and the lengths to which individuals are willing to go to protect their loved ones. The film combines elements of crime thriller and family drama to depict the challenges faced by a good man caught in difficult circumstances.

The film received mixed reviews from critics but has been praised for Michael Keaton’s compelling performance as Artie Lewis and the film’s exploration of moral dilemmas faced by law enforcement officers.

“One Good Cop” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a character-driven crime drama with emotional depth, as well as a reflection on the sacrifices people make to do what they believe is right for the ones they love.

Additional Details


  • Michael Keaton: Artie Lewis
  • Rene Russo: Rita Lewis
  • Anthony LaPaglia: Stevie Diroma
  • Benjamin Bratt: Felix
  • Rachel Ticotin: Grace
  • Kevin Conway: Lieutenant Danny Quinn
  • Tony Plana: Beniamano
  • Charlayne Woodard: Cheryl Clark
  • Kevin Corrigan: Clifford
  • Vondie Curtis-Hall: Father Wills


  • Director: Heywood Gould
  • Producer: Laurence Mark
  • Writer: Heywood Gould
  • Music: David Foster and William Ross

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