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Stephen J. Cannell (created by)
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Release Date:
18 February 1996 (USA) See more »
Out for an evening of fun, Jim finds Dennis' son homeless on the street. After giving him some money... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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  (in credits order)

James Garner ... Jim Rockford

Damian Chapa ... Scotty Becker

Joe Santos ... Lt. Dennis Becker

Maxwell Caulfield ... Ian Levin

Pat Finley ... Peggy Becker
Victor Aaron ... Mercer Pinetree

Edita Brychta ... Katinka

Barbara Carrera ... Elizabetta Fama

Dan Lauria ... Lt. Gencher

Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Al Mancini ... Don Gaetano

Dennis Fimple ... Toothless Bob
Julian Reyes ... Raimondo
Gerry Gibson ... Critch

Jim O'Heir ... Head Chef

Rick Worthy ... Property Officer

Eve Brenner ... Corky
Kimberly Oja ... Young Model (as Kim Oja)

Joe Unger ... Panhandler
Pat Lalama ... Herself
Jack Garner ... Captain McEnroe

Glen Chin ... Master Jun
Gary Simpson ... Santa Monica Policeman

George Marshall Ruge ... Sicilian Hit Man (as George M. Ruge)

Nicole Avant ... Punch
Luis Conteras ... Hispanic Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Raines ... Sicilian Hit Man

Directed by
Tony Wharmby 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen J. Cannell  created by
David Chase  written by
Roy Huggins  created by

Produced by
Juanita Bartlett .... executive producer
Stephen J. Cannell .... supervising producer
David Chase .... supervising producer
James Garner .... executive producer
Mark Horowitz .... producer
Chas. Floyd Johnson .... executive producer
Maryann Rea .... associate producer (as Mary Ann Rea)
Mark R. Schilz .... producer
Original Music by
Pete Carpenter 
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Steve Yaconelli (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Pamela Malouf  (as Pam Malouf-Cundy)
Production Design by
Sandy Getzler 
Art Direction by
Kelly Hannafin 
Set Decoration by
Robert L. Zilliox 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
Makeup Department
Charlotte Harvey .... hair stylist
Charlene Roberson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mark R. Schilz .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester Wm. Berke .... second assistant director (as Les Berke)
Roydon Clark .... second unit director
Phil Cook .... second second assistant director
Ron Wright .... first assistant director (as Ron L. Wright)
Art Department
Bill Fannon Jr. .... property master (as Bill Fannon)
Sound Department
Norval D. Crutcher III .... sound editor (as Charlie Crutcher)
Sean Rush .... sound mixer
Kevin Spears .... sound editor
Steve Burger .... sound editor (uncredited)
Rich Cusano .... sound editor (uncredited)
Andrew Spencer Dawson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Michael Gollom .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ron S. Herbes .... adr editor (uncredited)
Ron S. Herbes .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Ron Horwitz .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Tom Jaeger .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Kaplan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Patty Morena .... sound editor (uncredited)
Stacey Nakasone .... sound editor (uncredited)
Robb Navrides .... sound editor (uncredited)
Cindy Rabideau .... sound editor (uncredited)
John O. Robinson III .... sound editor (uncredited)
Dean St. John .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Lydian Tone .... sound editor (uncredited)
Richard Webb .... sound editor (uncredited)
Kyle Wright .... sound editor (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Barone .... gaffer (as Thomas Barone)
Jeffrey Kincheloe .... best boy grip
Ron Stafford .... key grip
Joseph D. Urbanczyk .... additional photography
James D. Wickman .... dolly grip
Douglas L. Adam Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
David Giella .... casting: Reuben Cannon & Associates
Editorial Department
Michael Karlich .... assistant film editor
Carey Len Smith .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
David Berthiaume .... location manager
Music Department
Patty McGettigan .... music editor
Pete Carpenter .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Ian Dye .... composer: additional music, orchestrator (uncredited)
Mike Post .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Steve Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Luis Delgado .... assistant to executive producer
Suzanne Gundlach .... script supervisor
Susan Hayes .... production accountant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
120 min (including commercials) | Germany:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Because James Garner's original production company, Cherokee Productions did not produce any movies or television shows after 1980 due to Garner's disputes with Universal Studios, Garner formed a new production company to produce the Rockford movies in the 1990s. The name of the new production company was MGB Productions, with the "M" standing for Meta Rosenberg, the "G" standing for James Garner, and the "B" standing for Juanita Bartlett. Meta Rosenberg was his long time agent and producer, who also directed a few episodes of the original series. Juanita Bartlett was also a long time writer and producer on the original Rockford series, who started writing for Garner shows all the way back to "Nichols" (1971).See more »
Jim Rockford:Scotty, is there anything I can do for you?
Scotty Becker:Yeah, quit looking down on me for starters; not everybody can march to your Republican drum.
Jim Rockford:I don't vote any ticket. And I never lectured you in that way.
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Jimbo tries to help Dennis and Peggy's son, 7 November 2015
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Godfather Knows Best" is another TV movie featuring The Rockford Files cast, this one also from 1996.

Rockford is dismayed to find that his godson, Dennis and Peggy Becker's son Scott (Damian Chapa) is homeless. He rents him a room for a month -- and guess who the building manager is - Angel - and finds him a job at a restaurant. Scott, it turns out, has a few problems, and Dennis is in denial.

Not long after getting the room, Scotty sublets it and moves into a Buddhist colony.

When a famous fashion designer, Elizabetta Fama (Barbara Carrera) is found murdered, Scott comes under suspicion since she apparently helped him out a couple of times. In fact, her father, a Sicilian don, comes to the U.S. to find out who is responsible, even though he's a dying man. Jim, meanwhile, doesn't think that Elizabetta's arrogant husband (Maxwell Caulfield) is exactly blameless.

A bounty hunter is after Scott for a reward and thinks Rockford knows where he is.

Good movie, with Pat Finley on hand again as Dennis' wife, and Joe Santos and Stuart Margolin repeating their roles as Dennis and Angel.

This isn't the best of the Rockford Files films, but again, with wonderful acting, cast, and dialogue, it's delightful to watch.

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