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An Innocent Man -- Wrongly convicted, a young man is sent to prison and discovers the rules he'd lived by don't work on the inside.  Finally paroled, he begins a daring plan to set the record straight and even the score with the system that put away an innocent man.


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Writer (WGA):
Larry Brothers (written by)
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Release Date:
6 October 1989 (USA) See more »
Two cops on the take just made the biggest mistake of their lives. They framed An Innocent Man
Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Tom Selleck ... Jimmie Rainwood

F. Murray Abraham ... Virgil Cane

Laila Robins ... Kate Rainwood

David Rasche ... Mike Parnell
Richard Young ... Danny Scalise
Badja Djola ... John Fitzgerald

Todd Graff ... Robby

M.C. Gainey ... Malcolm

Peter Van Norden ... Peter Feldman

Bruce A. Young ... Jingles

James T. Morris ... Junior
Terry Golden ... Felix

Dennis Burkley ... Butcher
Thomas B. Kackert ... Dove
Vito Peterson ... Handjob
Charle Landry ... Stevie

Tobin Bell ... Zeke

Scott Jaeck ... Albert
Holly Fulger ... Yvonne

Philip Baker Hall ... Judge Kenneth Lavet

J. Kenneth Campbell ... Lieutenant Freebery

Jim Ortlieb ... Convict - Robby's Death
Ralph O. Benton ... 1st Man on Tuna Boat
James Staszkiel ... 2nd Man on Tuna Boat (as Jim Staskel)

Brian J. Williams ... 3rd Man on Tuna Boat

Maggie Baird ... Stacy
Alanniss Allddero ... Convict Torturer
Bob Maroff ... Venucci

Derek Anunciation ... Lester
Ben Slack ... Woznick
J.J. Johnston ... Joseph Donatelli
Brian Brophy ... Nate Blitman
Ben Rawnsley ... Cop at Jimmie's

Dean Hill ... Mike
Gary Matanky ... Mechanic at Hangar
Jack Orend ... Officer at Bust (as Jack R. Orend)

Ernie Lively ... Donatelli's Dealer
David Rhodes Brown ... First Convict
Larry Brothers ... Basketball Con
Jeffrey Earl Young ... First Guard
Michael J. Budge ... Warden (as Lt. Mike Budge)
David Meligan ... Correctional Officer

Dave Florek ... Court Clerk
Gary Velasco ... Courthouse Guard No. 1
Robert E. Nichols ... Courthouse Guard No. 2
Ron Collins ... Fritz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Becky Blinn ... Female Visiting Room Correctional Officer (uncredited)

Joseph Carberry ... (uncredited)

Dann Florek ... Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
Doug MacHugh ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Peter Adrian Owsley ... Tortured Convict (uncredited)

Lare Roberts ... Inmate (uncredited)
John Stillpass ... Cafeteria Inmate (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Yates 
Writing credits
Larry Brothers (written by)

Produced by
Larry Brothers .... associate producer
Robert W. Cort .... producer
Ted Field .... producer
Scott Kroopf .... executive producer
Neil A. Machlis .... co-producer (as Neil Machlis)
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stephen A. Rotter 
William S. Scharf 
Joseph Gutowski (uncredited)
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Production Design by
Stuart Wurtzel 
Art Direction by
Frank Richwood 
Set Decoration by
Chris Butler  (as Chris A. Butler)
Costume Design by
Rita Ryack 
Makeup Department
Lon Bentley .... makeup artist: Mr. Selleck (as Edward Lon Bentley)
James Lee McCoy .... makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell .... hair stylist (as Carol O'Connell)
Production Management
Neil A. Machlis .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Deason .... first assistant director
Paul Fonteyn .... second assistant director (as Paul G. Fonteyn)
Jeff Okabayashi .... second second assistant director (as Jeffrey Okabayashi)
Kelly Wimberly .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Bonino .... construction foreman (as Bob Bonino)
Giovanni Casalenuovo .... standby painter
Randy Gunter .... assistant props
Michael Schmidt .... leadman
Sig Tingloff .... set designer
Mark Wade .... property master
Ron Ashmore .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Jerry Gadette .... standby painter (uncredited)
Curtis Geise .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Eugene J. Reed .... swing gang (uncredited)
Samara Schaffer .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Pat Tagliaferro .... construction consultant (uncredited)
Anthony Tomeo .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Douglas M. Vaughn .... swing gang (uncredited)
Ward Welton .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Elisha Birnbaum .... foley artist
Kristine Bulakowski .... assistant adr editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
John Gilroy .... assistant sound editor
David Grossack .... assistant sound editor
Neil L. Kaufman .... sound editor (as Neil Kaufman)
Michael Kirchberger .... sound editor
C. Darin Knight .... production sound mixer
Dan Korintus .... assistant sound editor
Marissa Littlefield .... assistant sound editor
Jane McCulley .... adr editor
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... sound editor
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Jules Strasser .... boom operator
Catherine Benedek .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Charles J. Bond .... cable operator (uncredited)
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Brian Vancho .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
William H. Schirmer .... special effects coordinator
Roland Tantin .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
David Efron .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts
Tom Lupo .... stunts (as Thomas L. Lupo)
John Moio .... stunt coordinator
George P. Wilbur .... stunts
Brian J. Williams .... stunt performer
Tom Lupo .... stunt double: Tom Selleck (uncredited)
Jim Stephan .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Athy .... electrician
Gerald H. Boatright .... gaffer (as Gerald Boatright)
Steve Chase .... grip
Daniel Dayton .... second camera assistant (as Daniel R. Dayton)
David E. Diano .... camera operator: "a" camera
David Katz .... video assist operator
Al LaVerde .... key grip (as Alexander La Verde)
Marc Margulies .... first assistant camera
Nicholas S. McLean .... second assistant camera
Bob Stradling .... first assistant camera (as Robert Stradling)
Ty Suehiro .... best boy grip
Gene Trindl .... still photographer
Joseph F. Valentine .... second camera operator (as Joseph Valentine)
Clay H. Wilson .... dolly grip (as Clay Wilson)
Don Yamasaki .... electrical best boy (as Donald M. Yamasaki)
Paul Caven .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Jim Duggan .... company grip (uncredited)
Albert Fitch .... lamp operator (uncredited)
John Powers .... grip (uncredited)
Steve Randolph .... camera operator (uncredited)
Joel Stout .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Michael 'Dutch' Van Woert .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Edmond Wright .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
David Brymer .... casting assistant (as David R. Brymer)
Ken Kitch .... extras casting
Sally Lear .... casting: atmosphere/stand-ins (uncredited)
Dennis Osborne .... casting associate (uncredited)
Franklyn Warren .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Berke Jordan .... costumer
Michael Dennison .... key costumer
David Mayreis .... costumer
Daniel Orlandi .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Friedlander .... first assistant editor
Holly Huckins .... assistant editor
Laura P. Krasnow .... apprentice editor (as Laura Krasnow)
Alisa Lepselter .... apprentice editor
Stephen L. Meek .... apprentice editor (as Stephen Meek)
Bob Noland .... color timer
Location Management
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Ken Lavet .... location manager
Music Department
Suki Buchman .... assistant music editor
Homer Denison .... orchestrator
Michael Farrow .... music scoring mixer
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Vince Caro .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Brian Eddolls .... music preparation (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Billy Baxter .... driver
Eddie Lee Voelker .... transportation coordinator
Morris Bension .... driver (uncredited)
Gary Dally .... driver (uncredited)
D. Scott Guthrie .... driver (uncredited)
Ron Hinsley .... driver (uncredited)
Frank Mielcarek .... driver (uncredited)
Michael Ralph Price .... driver (uncredited)
Chuck Ramsey .... driver (uncredited)
Wayne Roberts .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Jerry Shore Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Mario Simon .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Don Van Stry .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Don Barfield .... technical advisor
Scott Cort .... production assistant
Danielle Earle .... production assistant
Patricia Freebery .... assistant: Peter Yates
Jordana Glick-Franzheim .... assistant: Robert Cort
Alison Harstedt .... assistant auditor
Michele Imperato .... production coordinator
K. Lenna Katich .... production auditor (as K. Lenna Kunkel)
Penny Key .... assistant: Scott Kroopf
Pua McGinness .... assistant: Tom Selleck (as Pua McGuire)
David Muntz .... assistant: Tom Selleck (as David B. Muntz)
Pia Navales .... construction coordinator
Ellen Pasternack .... unit publicist
Marshall Peck .... production assistant
Carolyn Rothstein .... production assistant
Joel Salce .... technical advisor
Kris Shreffler .... production assistant
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Joe Davis .... stand-in (uncredited)
Carlos Garcia .... caterer (uncredited)
Anthony L. Paquet .... nurse (uncredited)
Michael Schultz .... caterer (uncredited)
Mark Scoon .... staff coordinator (uncredited)

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113 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

M.C. Gainey was high on cocaine during his audition for the role of Malcolm.See more »
Continuity: The plexiglass piece used to make the shank is obviously much thicker than the rest of the broken window.See more »
Robby:So, what are you in for?
Jimmy Rainwood:You don't understand, I don't belong here.
Robby:Yeah, you're right! Nobody belongs in this shithole! Tough being a victim, huh?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990)See more »
When the Night ComesSee more »


Why does Jimmy break the handle off the shank he stabs Jingles with?
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
That's Virgil Cane man, Lone Ranger ain't got nothing on him., 24 April 2010
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

James Rainwood (Tom Selleck) is a real stand up guy, with a loving wife and in a dream job with a company that just couldn't cope without him. His life is just dandy, That is until two corrupt cops make a mistake and burst into his home believing it to be host to a drug deal. Thinking his hairdryer is a gun, one of the cops shoots Rainwood and it's then that the cops realise they have made a monumental error. So planting drugs around the home they set Rainwood up as a dealer who shot at the cops. Believing justice & honesty will see him OK, Rainwood refuses to cop a plea, and is promptly sentenced to a hell hole prison for six years. Here the affable Rainwood needs to wise up quickly or face a brutal and torrid time in the big house.

Earlier in 1989 we had seen the release of Sly Stallone vehicle Lock Up, a film, that for all its many faults, was a dream come true to the action movie fan who also has a bent for any piece involving incarceration. So up steps Tom Selleck, who after recently showing himself to be a more than effective light entertainer in films such as Three Men and a Baby and Her Alibi, is looking to break out into other, more rounded genres (he also made the quite excellent Quigley Down Under in 1989). For the most part it's a good fit for Selleck and the casting director. The role of Jimmie Rainwood calls for someone charming, elegant and reeking of pure homeliness. That's Selleck without doubt. But the problems for many observers have been, and will be for first time viewers, the transformation of homely Tom into cocksure daddio prison geezer. Thrust into a world of violence and male rape, Rainwood simply must shape up or face a few years of brutality and a stripping of his soul. We know this, and once he starts to be guided by Virgil Cane (F. Murray Abraham adding a touch of class to a stereotypical role), the film for the rest of the prison sections is sign posted for us. And it's hard to swallow, even for someone like me who is a fan of the film!

As for the other elements in the film, the various sub-plots hold few surprises. Rainwood's wife (Laila Robins) is loving and crusading for her man's release, but writer Larry Brothers has her very much by the numbers. As he does for Badja Djola's Internal Affairs investigator, John Fitzgerald. The latter of which is a real shame as Djola holds his scenes very well and is aching to put more meat into the character. Then there is of course our dirty cops played by Richard Young & David Rasche. Young's Danny Scaliese is the calm thinking one, Rasche's Mike Parnell is the aggressive and borderline psychotic one. It's hard to tell if Rasche is playing it for ham or really attempting to layer the madness lurking within? Either way, it's very entertaining, if ultimately miles away from the brilliance that was his Sledge Hammer! TV series. These cops are of course in desperate need of a fall, the question is if the makers here are merely reverting to formula or do they have some tricks up their sleeves? Well it's directed by Peter Yates and the writer is hardly an inspired scribe, so you do the maths. And lets face it, Selleck is no Stallone - a better actor for sure, but when it comes to shanking and shooting who you gonna call? Rambo or Magnum?

I do like the film a lot, but I love the genre it belongs to anyway. And I literally will watch Abraham in anything. So take my 7/10 rating purely with a pinch of salt and call it a 6/10 time filler if you not be singing of the same page as myself.

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