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An Innocent Man (1989)

A man is framed by two corrupt cops for drugs. After he gets out of prison, he comes after them.


Peter Yates


Larry Brothers

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Jimmie Rainwood
F. Murray Abraham ... Virgil Cane
Laila Robins ... Kate Rainwood
David Rasche ... Mike Parnell
Richard Young ... Danny Scalise
Badja Djola ... John Fitzgerald
Todd Graff ... Robby
M.C. Gainey ... Malcolm
Peter Van Norden ... Peter Feldman
Bruce A. Young ... Jingles
James T. Morris ... Junior
Terry Golden Terry Golden ... Felix
Dennis Burkley ... Butcher
Thomas B. Kackert Thomas B. Kackert ... Dove
Vito Peterson Vito Peterson ... Handjob


Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is convicted of drug dealing, based on the perjured evidence of a police informant. Thrown into a seedy jail, fighting to prove his innocence is diffucult when he has to deal with the realities of prison life, where everyone claims they were framed. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two cops on the take just made the biggest mistake of their lives. They framed An Innocent Man


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Release Date:

6 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many of the film's prison scenes were filmed at the old Hamilton County Jail in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Jail, also known as the "Cincinnati Workhouse", had been permanently closed prior to the location filming of the movie. It had been built during the Civil War to house enemy troops and was still in use by Hamilton county and Cincinnati area police agencies as a jail as late as the 1970s. It was closed due to being "inhumane, cruel and unusual" by modern jail standards. See more »


When Rainwood stabs the other inmate with the Plexiglas shank, he supposedly breaks off the handle. Yet, the pointed end is seen when Rainwood swings the shank to the side. In a later shot, the pointed end is missing. See more »


Lt. Freebery, Head Guard at Prison: I know you did it, Rainwood.
Jimmie Rainwood: I don't know anything... about anything.
Lt. Freebery, Head Guard at Prison: Well, you should know this. I can do anything I want with you in here.
Jimmie Rainwood: That's right, lieutenant. People like you have been doing that for a long time now. It started out with those cops, went on through the trial, and now it's your turn, isn't it? Well, take your fucking turn! I don't give a shit.
Lt. Freebery, Head Guard at Prison: Barlett!
[guard comes in, Freeberry turns to Rainwood]
Lt. Freebery, Head Guard at Prison: Ninety days in the hole. A man like you won't make it. You'll come out of ...
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Alternate Versions

Network television version used several alternate takes of scenes, with milder language. See more »


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simple and realistic
14 February 2003 | by roy-budgeSee all my reviews

an airplane mechanic gets accidently caught up in a bungled drug bust by two bent cops and is sent to prison. Tom Selleck, always calm in his roles seems to take it lying down at first, but when he is constantly picked out by the usual jail hoodlums and is still haunted by the cops who framed him, he can take no more. dont listen to any of the negative comments for this film unless you prefer the comic book jail films like Stallones "Lock Up" (1989) because this film is realistic and the storyline is simple and NOT full of hero prisoners on a revolt who finally get the president himself to give an official pardon. Tom is always great in whatever he does and you can be sure that this is another great effort from him. i love the dialogue...like.."now you dont have a problem with that now...do you white boy" Not your type of movie? i wouldnt bet on that!!!


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