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“Do we need any more machine guns?” asks Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett, protecting his North Carolina county from illegal video poker games and ceramic-mold thieves. Although the setting is Cape Fear, the real-life replacements for Mitchum/De Niro—a fat gambler and a bank robber in his boxers—couldn’t be less menacing. Kraus seems determined to juxtapose the serenity of Hewett’s downtime with the thrills of the dirty work, but as seen in the film it’s all the same. The director’s stated purpose was to create a vérité documentary in the style of Frederick Wiseman, but there’s so little meat to his likable subject that the endeavor proves less Cops and more The Andy Griffith Show.

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