The famed P.I. works to uncover facts of the death of a wealthy socialite whose two grown children are accused of murdering her. Complicating matters are Rockford's omnipresent "friend" ... See full summary »
A friend of Jim's continues to seek his help for her murdered son, but when she winds up dead not long after an altercation with a mafioso, Jim must must do what it takes to put both her soul, and her son's, to rest himself.
Set in Sweetwater, Arizona in the 1880s with solid citizen Bret owning a ranch and part of the Red Ox Saloon. Stable cast with varying stories, often centered on conflict between the ambitious sheriff and everyone else.
In 1914, Nichols, a soldier, sick of killing, returns to his Arizona hometown, named after his family, and is strong-armed into serving as Sheriff by the Ketcham clan, who run the area. ... See full summary »
These Rockford films are love letters to the series' many faithful viewers, and as such, there's many little nods to the series. This one starts it off in the very first scene. After the cable guy finishes installing Jim's cable, he says; 'call us, and will be here faster than you can say Geronimo...', which is a reference to the last episode of the series' first year; The Rockford Files: Roundabout (1975). When Jim wants the agents to rush in - atop Hoover Dam - and save him, he's supposed to yell, 'Geronimo'. Even though he repeatedly says it, in ever-more ridiculous ways, he's left hanging (BTW; they DO finally show up). See more »
I really loved this Rockford Files TV movie, "Blessing in Disguise," during which Jim has to deal with Angel (Stuart Margolin) as a phony TV preacher who, with his congregation of crazies, is boycotting the film Little Ezekial as being anti-Christian. Unfortunately, Laura, the star of the film's (Renee O'Connor) life is being threatened, and Jim's car is trashed, with the word Satan in red paint along the side.
That, plus the fact that Angel is wearing some of his clothes, has Jim ready to murder Angel himself. Not only that, but Angel's bodyguards are two thugs he met in prison who are constantly bouncing Jim around.
It's such a joy to see Margolin and Garner together - their chemistry is fantastic. Also on board was Joe Santos (Dennis), and Morton Downey, Jr., when Angel, Laura Sue, and the films' producers (modeled on Golan and Globus) battle it out on his show, which ends in chaos.
Then a producer brought on at the last minute is found dead.
It doesn't take Jim too long to figure everything out, but the script is just a fun excuse for the delightful sparring between Jim and Angel.
Not all of the eight Rockford Files TV movies are as good as this one, but I'll take any one of them.
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