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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




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>

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Falsely accused. Unjustly convicted. Determined to survive on the inside. Demanding justice once he's on the outside. See more »


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DVD release in Switerland (German speaking region): 30-9-2002. See more »


When Jimmy arrives home on the night of the bust, he closes his car door with the window down and then uses his keys to lock the car door. Locking the door using the keys with the window open is not necessary nor is it effective. See more »


[former LBPD Officer Parnell is being escorted into the prison main room]
Virgil Cane: Hey! Officer!
[Parnell looks around. Every inmate starts to glare at him]
Virgil Cane: Ain't life a motherfucker.
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Alternate Versions

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


Spoofed in Drowning Mona (2000) See more »


When the Night Comes
Written by Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance and Diane Warren
Performed by Joe Cocker
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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quite good
10 December 2005 | by mattkratzSee all my reviews

I think this was a good film about being framed and getting revenge. Tom Selleck is great in his role as the title character. Two crooked cops make a mistake (in more ways than one) when they go to the wrong address expecting to find a drug dealer, break into his house, mistake a hair dryer he is carrying for a gun, and shoot him. They then realize that they are at the wrong house and try to amend their mistake by framing Selleck as a drug dealer. Everything goes their way, and Selleck winds up in prison. Three years later, he is paroled and seeks revenge. During those three years, he is faced with the harsh realities of prison life and is beaten up more than once. F. Murray Abraham is there for him, fortunately, and helps him survive. (Abraham plays another inmate.) I liked this film even though it did follow a formula and was a typical revenge type movie. It was a great role for Selleck, who was perfect in his part.

** 1/2 out of ****

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Release Date:

6 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Rain See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,700,000, 9 October 1989

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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