The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Backlash of the Hunter 

Jim helps a young girl (Lindsay Wagner) whose father was murdered and LAPD has closed the case on without finding the killer.

Director:

Richard T. Heffron

Writers:

Stephen J. Cannell (teleplay by), Roy Huggins (story by) (as John Thomas James)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Lindsay Wagner ... Sara Butler
William Smith ... Jerry Grimes
Nita Talbot ... Mildred Elias
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Robert Donley Robert Donley ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Bill Mumy ... Nick Butler
Pat Renella Pat Renella ... Morrie Talbot
Michael Lerner ... Dr. Ruben Seelman
Ted Gehring ... Norm Mitchell
Joshua Bryant ... Capt. Harry Dell
Bill Quinn ... Harry Butler
Robert B. Williams ... Arnold Demura
Claude Johnson Claude Johnson ... Officer
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Storyline

Private investigator Jim Rockford is hired by a beautiful young woman to solve the murder of her father, a homeless man found beneath a pier two months earlier. The killing was never solved by the police. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die schwarze Witwe See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

When Jim has Jerry Grimes strung up in the bathroom of the Mayfair Music Hall and goes through Grimes' wallet, he finds an operator's license. The license shows Grimes' birthday as "March 25, 1943." William Smith, who plays Grimes, was born on March 24, 1933--a decade and a day difference. See more »

Goofs

There is no smoke in the scenes immediately following Rockford's car exploding in the rocks. There should be a rising smoke trail. See more »

Quotes

Sara Butler: You aren't afraid of him are you?
Jim Rockford: You damn right I am.
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Alternate Versions

There exists an edited version of the original pilot, down to 73 minutes without commercials, shown sometimes in syndication as a 90 minute episode with commercials. See more »

Connections

References Bride of Frankenstein (1935) See more »

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One of a kind
23 June 2002 | by G'aalSee all my reviews

Does it get better than this?

Car chases. The mob. The damsel in distress in nearly every episode. And good ol' Jim Rockford, always in one fix or another, but with a heart of gold, a silver tongue and a printing press in his car so that he can create a fake business card for every occasion.

Much of this series was 70's stereotype, but James Garner absolutely carried it. His magnetism, good guy/tough guy persona and yet his utterly human characteristics (living in a trailer, always being chased by bill collectors or auditors, hurting his hand when delivering a right cross to a bad guy) have never been equaled since.

I used to race home when I was a kid and plant myself in front of the television when it showed on daytime reruns during the early 80's. For a long time, it seemed to disappear from television altogether, then sporadically ran on networks like TNN. I was delighted when TV Land purchased the rights and began showing it daily at 9:00 Pacific. It's been moved to 10:00, but I'll gladly stay up the extra hour to watch it.

What a great show. The television movies were good in their nostalgic way, but nothing matches (nor will ever match) the charm, humor and quality of the original.

10/10.


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