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The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise (1995)

An aging easygoing private eye is hired to protect an actress whose latest movie is being boycotted by a group of religious fanatics.

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Jeannot Szwarc
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Richard Romanus ... Vincent Penguinetti
Joe Santos ... Lt. Dennis Becker
Renée O'Connor ... Laura Sue Dean
Aharon Ipalé ... Branka
Reuven Bar-Yotam ... Milovan D'Sant
Eric Lutes ... Danny Barkley
Morton Downey Jr. ... Himself
Robert Desiderio ... Jerry Michaels
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Stuart Fratkin ... Jerry Jamison
Mark Davenport Mark Davenport ... Marty Martinson
Vince Melocchi ... Kyle Wendell
Bari K. Willerford Bari K. Willerford ... Zack
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Mackie
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An aging easygoing private eye is hired to protect an actress whose latest movie is being boycotted by a group of religious fanatics.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rockford Files: Little Ezekial See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Followed by The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... (1996) See more »

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Hilarious, with Angel now a TV preacher
20 December 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

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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