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Frame Up (1991)

In the small American town of Orton Creek, David Farmer is accidentally killed by Don Curran, son of town tyrant Will Curran, during a fraternity initiation. The frat boys frame electronic ... See full summary »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Baker
Mick J. August
Lee Ann Hadley
Jo Westlake
Will Curran
Frank Govers
Tom Hodges ...
Don Curran
Kris Kamm ...
Jack Marsh
Bob Sprague
Adam Biesk ...
David Farmer
Rich Stanley ...
Fred Jenks
Merlin Wells
Rick McDonald
John C. Moskoff ...
Paul Thompson
Earl Cott


In the small American town of Orton Creek, David Farmer is accidentally killed by Don Curran, son of town tyrant Will Curran, during a fraternity initiation. The frat boys frame electronic parts salesman Frank Govers for hit-and-run but determined newcomer Sheriff Ralph Baker and his love interest Jo Westlake seek the truth. Govers and girlfriend Lee Ann Hadley hide in a hunting cabin and are captured by prison escapees Mick August and Merlin Wells (who is tricked by Govers into electrocuting himself). August tries to claim the bounty on Govers from Will Curran but Sheriff Baker is only one step behind. Written by Kris Heidenstrom <kheidens@actrix.gen.nz>

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Action | Drama | Thriller


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27 June 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cobra Attack  »

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Dick Sargent's last feature film. See more »


Followed by Frame-Up II: The Cover-Up (1992) See more »

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Its Primary Need Is A Better Script.
10 April 2004 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

This work is above his norm for low echelon director Paul Leder, benefiting from contributions made by some talented players along with Leder's competent editing, and occasionally dialogue penned by Leder's son Reuben that gives the actors some marrow, but as with much of the senior Leder's output, an overly cluttered storyline holds the film captive to its lower cut station. Wings Hauser is newly hired Sheriff Ralph Baker of the small town of Orton Creek, California, migrant from Los Angeles where he had been a traffic policeman before tiring of a congested existence; however, he learns that his township is beneath the thumb of local plutocrat Will Curran (Dick Sargent), whose son Don (Tom Hodges) is shielded by unified community officials from being charged for the murder of another youth. During a hazing incident, a prospective fraternity brother is slain by Don and his cohorts, but the blame, as a hit-and-run crime, is readily placed upon a traveling huckster, Frank Govers (Robert Picardo) who keeps his own criminal past a secret while enjoying loyal and romantic support from a young waitress (Heather Fairfield) although these two, as fugitives, are captured and abused by yet two more outlaws, all of which is occurring while the Sheriff's deputies are quitting the Department because of the senior Curran's pressure and political influence. It becomes readily apparent that these several unions, and others as well, are too tall an order for the resources at hand, although there is a good deal of sincere effort displayed by the cast, and Leder wisely allows the players to develop their parts, but blocking is awkwardly arranged and plot flaws interfere with continuity. Heather Fairfield is particularly convincing as a jilted bride who has fastened her love to a man with a very uncertain future, and Frances Fisher performs well as the Sheriff's secretary and lover, with nice turns delivered by Lauren Woodland, playing Baker's young daughter, and Kris Kamm as an innocent fraternity member, in this never boring but uneven production shot in northern Los Angeles County.

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