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The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best (1996)

Jim Rockford tries to help his friend's son rise out of poverty and homelessness, but soon discovers the young man's problems are far more complicated than he imagined.


Tony Wharmby


Stephen J. Cannell (created by), David Chase | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Damian Chapa ... Scotty Becker
Joe Santos ... Lt. Dennis Becker
Maxwell Caulfield ... Ian Levin
Pat Finley ... Peggy Becker
Victor Aaron Victor Aaron ... Mercer Pinetree
Edita Brychta ... Katinka
Barbara Carrera ... Elizabetta Fama
Dan Lauria ... Lt. Gencher
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Al Mancini ... Don Gaetano
Dennis Fimple ... Toothless Bob
Julian Reyes Julian Reyes ... Raimondo
Gerry Gibson Gerry Gibson ... Critch
Jim O'Heir ... Head Chef
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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 Justin Boggan

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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 »


Scotty Becker: 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]
Jim Rockford: You might find sitting a bit mroe painful in prison...
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Followed by The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play (1996) See more »

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Jimbo tries to help Dennis and Peggy's son
7 November 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"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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18 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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Los nuevos casos de Rockford: El padrino lo sabe todo See more »

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