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One False Move (1992)

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In Los Angeles, after a violent drug rip-off, the Los Angeles Police Department detectives find the identity of the trio - the sadistic I.Q. of 150 and college graduate Lenny "Pluto" ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fantasia - Lila Walker
Lenny 'Pluto' Franklyn
Dud Cole
John McFeely
Natalie Canerday ...
Cheryl Ann
Robert Ginnaven ...
Robert Anthony Bell ...
Phyllis Kirklin ...
Mrs. Walker
Meredith 'Jeta' Donovan ...
Bobby (as James D. Bridges)
Phyllis Sutton ...
Derrick Williams ...


In Los Angeles, after a violent drug rip-off, the Los Angeles Police Department detectives find the identity of the trio - the sadistic I.Q. of 150 and college graduate Lenny "Pluto" Franklyn; his not so bright buddy in San Quentin Ray Malcolm; and his girlfriend Fantasia. Their further investigation indicates that the criminals are fleeing to Star City, Arkanas, and LAPD detective Dud Cole and his partner John McFeely contact the local Chief of Police Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon and they head to the little town. The yokel family man Dale, who is used to resolve domestic issues, is fascinated with the chance to participate of a manhunt and befriends the two detectives. But when he sees the picture of Fantasia, he recognizes her as Lila Walker and is haunted by his past, hiding a secret about Lila Walker. Written by Anonymous

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Nothing is as dangerous as the past. See more »


Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence and language, and for drug content | See all certifications »

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8 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hurricane  »

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$1,543,112 (USA)

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The script was originally titled "Hurricane". See more »


When Ray is shot, it appears that the impact is to his left shoulder, though he clutches his right upper chest. Later we see blood all over his back on the right, but the bullet hole is not visible in front. See more »


Cheryl Ann: He don't know no better, he watches television. I read non-fiction.
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Jesus Is Leading Me
Performed by Reverend Julian Turner
Written and Produced by Michael Sutton (as Michael) and Brenda Sutton
© 1991 Mibren Music (ASCAP) and Illegal Film Music (ASCAP)
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Lots of false moves.
27 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boy, this film takes me back to the jerkwater Arkansas town where I spent several years of my youth. Bill Paxton (Aliens, True Lies, "Big Love") is spot on as a cracker sheriff who, in his words, hasn't drawn his gun in six years on the job. Well, he drew his gun seven years ago and it has now come back to haunt him and put him in a position that could get him killed.

Billy Bob Thornton (A Simple Plan, Sling Blade, Astronaut Farmer), Arkansas born himself, co-wrote and starred in this film and really pulls off the psycho robber with such perfection that I really cannot understand how a supposedly intelligent guy like "Pluto" (Michael Beach

  • Short Cuts, "Third Watch," "ER") could hook up with him, especially

since they spent two years in jail after the last job. Joining the duo, was Cynda Williams (Mo' Better Blues) in her second film, as Fantasia/Lila. She did a super job.

As the trio heads to Houston from L.A. the body count rises and the Sheriff is put into a position where he has to act alone. False moves throughout the film just add to the tension and excitement.

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