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One False Move (1992)

A small town police chief awaits the arrival of a gang of killers.

Director:

Carl Franklin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Paxton ... Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon
Cynda Williams ... Fantasia / Lila
Billy Bob Thornton ... Ray Malcolm
Michael Beach ... Pluto
Jim Metzler ... Dud Cole
Earl Billings ... McFeely
Natalie Canerday ... Cheryl Ann
Robert Ginnaven Robert Ginnaven ... Charlie
Robert Anthony Bell Robert Anthony Bell ... Byron
Kevin Hunter ... Ronnie
Phyllis Kirklin Phyllis Kirklin ... Mrs. Walker
Meredith 'Jeta' Donovan Meredith 'Jeta' Donovan ... Bonnie
Jimmy Bridges ... Bobby (as James D. Bridges)
Phyllis Sutton Phyllis Sutton ... Jackie
Derrick Williams ... Darren
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In Los Angeles, after a violent drug rip-off, the Los Angeles Police Department detectives find the identity of the trio - the sadistic I.Q. of 150 and college graduate Lenny "Pluto" Franklyn; his not so bright buddy in San Quentin Ray Malcolm; and his girlfriend Fantasia. Their further investigation indicates that the criminals are fleeing to Star City, Arkanas, and LAPD detective Dud Cole and his partner John McFeely contact the local Chief of Police Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon and they head to the little town. The yokel family man Dale, who is used to resolve domestic issues, is fascinated with the chance to participate of a manhunt and befriends the two detectives. But when he sees the picture of Fantasia, he recognizes her as Lila Walker and is haunted by his past, hiding a secret about Lila Walker. Written by Anonymous

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All it takes to bring him down is one bullet... one woman or... One False Move. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence and language, and for drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hurricane See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,543,112
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Production Co:

IRS Media See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The script was originally titled "Hurricane". See more »

Goofs

When Ray is shot, it appears that the impact is to his left shoulder, though he clutches his right upper chest. Later we see blood all over his back on the right, but the bullet hole is not visible in front. See more »

Quotes

Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon: How you doin'? Doin' all right?
Old Man Malcolm: Huh?
Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon: I said, are you doin' all right?
Old Man Malcolm: I'm doin' all right today.
Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon: That's good. You remember me? I'm Chief Dixon.
Old Man Malcolm: I'm... fixin' to do what?
Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon: I said I'm Chief Dixon.
Old Man Malcolm: Oh, I'm fixin' to feed these chickens 'fore it gets too damn hot.
Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon: Have you heard from your nephew lately?
Old Man Malcolm: Huh?
[...]
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Rock Me with Your Love
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A Little Gem from the 90's
11 April 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Los Angeles, after a violent drug rip-off, the Los Angeles Police Department detectives find the identity of the trio – the sadistic I.Q. of 150 and college graduate Lenny "Pluto" Franklyn (Michael Beach); his not so bright buddy in San Quentin Ray Malcolm (Billy Bob Thornton); and his girlfriend Fantasia (Cynda Williams). Their further investigation indicates that the criminals are fleeing to Star City, Arkanas, and LAPD detective Dud Cole (Jim Metzler) and his partner John McFeely (Earl Billings) contact the local Chief of Police Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon (Bill Paxton) and they head to the little town. The yokel family man Dale, who is used to resolve domestic issues, is fascinated with the chance to participate of a manhunt and befriends the two detectives. But when he sees the picture of Fantasia, he recognizes her as Lila Walker and is haunted by his past, hiding a secret about Lila Walker.

"One False Move" is a little gem from the 90's and one of the best in the genre neo-noir. The first time I saw this film was on VHS in the early 90's, but now I have the chance of buying the DVD and watching it again. The dramatic story written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson is engaging and without redemption. Cynda Williams, in her second film, is awesome but Bill Paxton "steals" the film in the role of a bragger hillbilly and chief of police that sees the chance of his life of arresting real criminals but meets his past instead. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Um Passo em Falso" ("One False Step")


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