Finally sat down with this last night and I've got to be honest and say, although it definitely filled an hour and a half worth of Italo-Eurotrash explosiveness, it wasn't my favorite Mattei effort by far, or even just from the period (Bruno's 1987-'89 output). Let's face it - Bob Hunter is just no Vincent Dawn.
Much of the best action in COP GAME in fact was recycled from other, better films of it's ilk, namely Mattei's own STRIKE COMMANDO (1987) and a car chase sequence borrowing heavily from Antonio Margheriti's ARK OF THE SUN GOD (1983) (I SOPRAVVISSUTI DELLA CITTA MORTA). However, there is no disputing that some of the absurd dialogue in COP GAME is most definitely all it's own. One example has Macho Man, Brent Huff describing his partner Hawk's (Max Laurel) "rage" to a seedy coke pusher: "When he gets mad he makes Bruce Lee look like a pussy!". To be honest though, Hawk has all the menace of a seagull.
On the plus side, this was one of the meatier roles I've seen for one of my all-time favs, Romano Puppo. And yes, his character is called Captain Kirk here (with Huff at one point even making a hilariously ridiculous Star Trek reference!). And yes I can confirm from my print as well (Canadian VHS: 3 Star Releasing) - the pseudonymous Allan Collins is listed in the opening credits but alas, no Luciano Pigozzi to be found. Now this leads me to believe that like with ROBOWAR - ROBOT DA GUERRA (1988), ZOMBI 3 (1988) and TRAPPOLA DIABOLICA (1988) (STRIKE COMMANDO 2), his scenes were for some reason deleted. Either that or there's an actual Allan Collins appearing in these things and we've just not had a clue who he was. Why all the Pigozzi edits from around this time?
And lastly, where the hell did the Filipino chick who saves Huff's ass towards the end come from?!! Talk about lack of character build-up, she's just introduced as an afterthough as Hawk's apparent widow, no back history, voiceless, nameless. Ah hell, this is Mattei territory, who needs continuity anyway?
I think I might give this one another go.