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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 » | Add 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:

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
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
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Alison Harstedt .... assistant auditor
Michele Imperato .... production coordinator
K. Lenna Katich .... production auditor (as K. Lenna Kunkel)
Penny Key .... assistant: Scott Kroopf
Ken Lavet .... location manager
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
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Did You Know?

DVD release in Switerland (German speaking region): 30-9-2002.See more »
Factual errors: At the end of the film, one of the bad detectives goes to prison and is marched into the middle of the general population. No prison in the United States allows former police officers to be sent into the main prison; such persons are always sent directly to protective custody.See more »
Lt. Freebery, Head Guard at Prison:[at infirmary after Jimmie is beaten by Jingles and his thugs... upon seeing Rainwood in bed] Oh, man. Rainwood, why don't you do yourself and everyone else some good here. Give me their names. I'll make sure they don't bother you anymore.
Jimmie Rainwood:[weakly] I fell.
Lt. Freebery, Head Guard at Prison:You need some help in here. It's pretty obvious.
Jimmie Rainwood:I might be new, but I know how some things work around here.
Lt. Freebery, Head Guard at Prison:[sighs] Fine. You want to be known as a stand-up guy? Fine.
Jimmie Rainwood:I fell.
Lt. Freebery, Head Guard at Prison:When you get out of here, you're going to segregation for 15 days. Maybe that'll jog your memory.
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Referenced in Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990)See more »
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Why does Jimmy break the handle off the shank he stabs Jingles with?
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Correct film about a good man in a dangerous prison, 12 July 2005
Author: ma-cortes

The movie talks an ordinary family man (Tom Selleck) who works as an airplane engineer and married a good woman (Laila Robins) . He's accused by two baddie policemen (David Rashe and Richard Young) as peddler and he's sent to a hard jail . There he is harassed and humiliated until that fury and revenge emerge . He's only helped by a veteran convict (F.Murray Abraham) framed for prison life.

It's an interesting film developed in two parts : in and out of prison . The best part is narrated into prison because of it reflects the astonishing existence of the inmates , with fights, threats ,murders and where rules the strongest's law . In the picture there are suspense, violence, drama , tension and a bit of action in the final confrontation . The picture obtained moderated success , it was not a smash hit neither a flop . Tom Selleck's interpretation is fine but F.Murray Abraham is better , he makes a terrific acting as the veteran con who teaches naive Selleck to take on risks and dangers of the gaol . Many of the film's prison scenes were filmed at the old Hamilton County Jail in Cincinnati, Ohio , also known as the "Cincinnati Workhouse", had been permanently closed prior to the location filming of the movie and it had been built during the Civil War . It was closed due to being "inhumane, cruel and unusual" by modern jail standards . Atmospheric music by Howard Shore who subsequently achieved many hits and one Oscar for ¨Lord of the rings¨. Nice cinematography by William A.Fraker , photographer of various classic films . The motion picture was rightly directed by Peter Yates . The story will appeal to prison genre enthusiasts and Tom Selleck fans.

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