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Concrete Canyons (2010)
Average TV Drama
When tracker Ben Sloane (Scott Patterson) learns that his estranged son is the prime suspect in a murder case in Chicago, he leaves the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains for the mean streets of Chicago. Sloane was formerly the town sheriff in the Rockies and uses his tracking and detective skills to investigate his sons case.
In my opinion Ben Sloane bore similarities to the Jessie Stone (Tom Selleck) character by having a quiet likable demeanor with a knack for picking up clues. Polly Shannon plays feisty Chicago Detective Kincaid who also played Jessie Stones love interest in Stone Cold.
The story was a fairly standard run of the mill TV movie but was lifted by the likable leading characters. Although not a top ten drama of the year, it was still interesting enough to watch.
Mama's Gone A-Hunting (1975)
Mediocre with a touch of nostalgia and a few unexpected twists
The title is taken from the nursery rhyme ~ Bye, baby bunting. A psychotic prison escapee is looking for a way to make some quick money, so after paying his old friend a visit he decides to kidnap a wealthy couple's baby from a hotel with the help of his reluctant friend and hold it for ransom. Little do they know that the babysitter hired for the evening has her own ideas about the baby and the kidnappers plans don't go according to plan.
This was filmed around Sydney Central railway station and in The Boulevard Hotel which was quite iconic in its day, it was a hoot to see the 1970's gaudy hotel decor and fashions. The Boulevard Hotel still functions as a hotel today with the same exterior but it has seen quite a few interior makeovers since this movie was made.
I caught this on late night TV and quite enjoyed it considering it was done on what looked to be a very cheap budget, the pace was good and held my attention for the full 90 minutes. I live in Sydney and grew up there so the main actors were recognisable to me and were major players in the 70's. I give it 7/10.
Until Proven Innocent (2009)
A story about a man protesting his innocence
A story about a man protesting his innocence through the judicial system after he was accused by his 11 year old female neighbor of rape and abduction. The movie is set in Auckland, New Zealand in the early 1990's and the focus is on jail time and court appearances by the accused man David Dougherty. The viewer gets to witness how slow the court system really is in reaching a decision and how a man's life hangs in the balance while evidence and testimony is considered. He also had a journalist helping him who researched his case and went beyond the call of duty and believed in him. The movie is based on a true story and as events unfolded it held my attention throughout.