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The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise (1995)

An aging easygoing private eye is hired to protect an actress whose latest movie is being boycotted by a group of religious fanatics.

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An aging easygoing private eye is hired to protect an actress whose latest movie is being boycotted by a group of religious fanatics.

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14 May 1995 (USA)  »

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The Rockford Files: Little Ezekial  »

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The second of eight "Rockford Files" reunion TV movies. See more »

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Follows The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (1994) See more »

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Hilarious, with Angel now a TV preacher
20 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really loved this Rockford Files TV movie, "Blessing in Disguise," during which Jim has to deal with Angel (Stuart Margolin) as a phony TV preacher who, with his congregation of crazies, is boycotting the film Little Ezekial as being anti-Christian. Unfortunately, Laura, the star of the film's (Renee O'Connor) life is being threatened, and Jim's car is trashed, with the word Satan in red paint along the side.

That, plus the fact that Angel is wearing some of his clothes, has Jim ready to murder Angel himself. Not only that, but Angel's bodyguards are two thugs he met in prison who are constantly bouncing Jim around.

It's such a joy to see Margolin and Garner together - their chemistry is fantastic. Also on board was Joe Santos (Dennis), and Morton Downey, Jr., when Angel, Laura Sue, and the films' producers (modeled on Golan and Globus) battle it out on his show, which ends in chaos.

Then a producer brought on at the last minute is found dead.

It doesn't take Jim too long to figure everything out, but the script is just a fun excuse for the delightful sparring between Jim and Angel.

Not all of the eight Rockford Files TV movies are as good as this one, but I'll take any one of them.


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