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The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads (1999)

Jim Rockford must help a friend unjustly accused of child molestation.

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Retired private detective Jim Rockford must investigate a series of child rapes when his friend Ernie Landale, a respected school teacher, is accused of the molestations. Through circumstantial evidence, Landale is hounded by the police, the media, school officials, even people he thought were his friends, even though he has not been found guilty in a court of law, nor even charged with the crimes through much of the film. As Landale, his wife Rita, his attorney Beth and police lieutenant Becker fight the battle of public opinion, Rockford realizes the only way to clear his friend's name is to find the real rapist. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Rockford: Nur Blut verkauft sich gut  »

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Heavy-handed but good
27 April 1999 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

More serious than you would expect from a "Rockford Files" movie, this is a sometimes powerful if heavy-handed attack on the media and the way in which it covers "juicy" stories. While there isn't much of a mystery here, the excellent cast--particularly Hal Linden--makes the movie very watchable. This sat on the shelf for two years before CBS finally aired it, and the plot closely shadows the real-life case of Richard Jewell, who was unfairly accused in the press of the Atlanta Olympic Park bombings.


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