The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... (1996)

TV Movie  |  TV-PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  14 January 1996 (USA)
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When Jim is arrested in the death of a rival private investigator, it is left to Jim to prove his own innocence, with the help of Jess Wilding, an old friend of Rocky's, which Jim never knew about.



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In this third installment of "The Rockford Files" television movies, Jim Rockford is arrested for the death of Bud Monckton, a rival detective which Jim has had public disagreements with before. With the help of Jess Wilding, an IRS agent who was also a good friend of Rocky's, Jim has to prove his innocence. Written by John Sacksteder <> / edited by TrivWhiz

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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 »


A gun is inside on his pocket, when some people try to kidnap him, the gun was taken away, Rockford couldn't have the gun because he was handcuffed by the LAPD and later was taken by FBI agents. See more »


Jim Rockford: He attacked me.
Police Capt. Doug Chapman: That's not what I heard.
Jim Rockford: Well, you heard it wrong, Chapman, you always do. I would say it's your big failing but you have so many.
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Follows The Rockford Files: Backlash of the Hunter (1974) See more »

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Always a pleasure
7 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Rockford Files was one of my favorite shows, and I loved the fact that a series of TV movies were done after the show ended. James Garner was perfection in the role of the down on his luck detective, who depended upon the kindness of a friend in the police department, a low-life sleaze, and a sympathetic attorney for help when he needed it.

This one, "If the Frame Fits," was done in 1996 and brings back the cast, with the exception of Noah Berry, Jr. as Joseph Rockford, who died in 1994. You couldn't pick a better cast and better relationships with Jim -- Joe Santos as Dennis, Gretchen Corbett as Beth, Stuart Margolin as Angel, and who can forget James Luisi as that nasty Lieutenant Chapman?

In this one, Jim Rockford is arrested when a rival of his, Bud Monckton, also a detective, is murdered. The two of them had some public arguments, and Rockford is dragged down to headquarters as a likely suspect. For some reason, Dennis seems to think his superiors aren't aware that "Jimbo" is a friend of his and keeps pretending they barely know one another, as he's afraid for his job.

Soon it becomes obvious that Jim has been framed, but by whom and why? An old friend of Rocky's, Jess (Dyan Cannon) offers to help prove his innocence.

There's not much to say about this or the other movies -- when you have good actors who have worked together for so long and have such excellent chemistry, the story almost doesn't matter because they're so much fun to watch.

You'll enjoy untangling the mystery, though, and hearing the fun dialogue.

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