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.
Gambling brothers Bret (James Garner) and Bart Maverick (Jack Kelly) are, as usual, hot on the trail of a fast buck when they find themselves partnered with the eager-but-inexperienced Ben ... See full summary »
Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the widowed town druggist who steers business her way. Things ... See full summary »
Out for an evening of fun, Jim finds Dennis' son homeless on the street. After giving him some money, lining up an apartment, and getting him a job, Jim soon finds out, as well as much to Dennis' dismay, that there is more wrong with Scotty than simply being on hard luck.Written by
James Garner always remembered actors he had previously worked with, and these Rockford films were no exception - giving actors who had previously appeared during the series' run with another chance to appear. Some appearances were characters who had previously appeared, but otherwise it was to give a bunch of terrific, hard working actors one last chance to be a part of this (terrific) series' family. In this film, the part of 'Toothless Bob' (who's sitting with Scotty Becker on the 3rd Street Promenade (and mentions knowing 'Al Fresco'), when Jim and Angel run into them. He's character actor Dennis Fimple, who had previously worked on the series, but also has a connection with series' creator Roy Huggins, having worked on his series prior to The Rockford Files (1974); Alias Smith and Jones (1971). See more »
Dad, Jim, you're hardwired to this dualism thing. Mom, you too. Good, bad, pain, pleasure, it's all one; are not this prison and Temple equally conducive to sitting and meditating?
[after getting out of jail, still dressed like a Buddhist monk]
You might find sitting a bit mroe painful in prison...
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"Godfather Knows Best" is another TV movie featuring The Rockford Files cast, this one also from 1996.
Rockford is dismayed to find that his godson, Dennis and Peggy Becker's son Scott (Damian Chapa) is homeless. He rents him a room for a month -- and guess who the building manager is - Angel - who finds him a job at a restaurant. Scott, it turns out, has a few problems, and Dennis is in denial.
Not long after getting the room, Scotty sublets it and moves into a Buddhist colony.
When a famous fashion designer, Elizabetta Fama (Barbara Carrera) is found murdered, Scott comes under suspicion since she apparently helped him out a couple of times. In fact, her father, a Sicilian don, comes to the U.S. to find out who is responsible, even though he's a dying man. Jim, meanwhile, doesn't think that Elizabetta's arrogant husband (Maxwell Caulfield) is exactly blameless.
A bounty hunter is after Scott for a reward and thinks Rockford knows where he is.
Good movie, with Pat Finley on hand again as Dennis' wife, and Joe Santos and Stuart Margolin repeating their roles as Dennis and Angel.
This isn't the best of the Rockford Files films, but again, with wonderful acting, cast, and dialogue, it's delightful to watch.
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