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The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best (1996)

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 ... See full summary »


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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


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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18 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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The fourth of eight The Rockford Files (1974) reunion TV movies. See more »


Jim Rockford: You have to promise me you'll use this to clean up and get a job.
[counting out some big money in front of Scotty]
Scotty Becker: So there's strings attached to this Mother Teresa moolah, huh?
Jim Rockford: As it applies to you, if Mother Teresa met a nut like you, she'd go out and buy herself a BMW.
Scotty Becker: You people love to demonize us homeless.
Jim Rockford: You people? Say, I'm your Godfather. And as far as being homeless, yeah, I have a little problem with that term in your case; maybe it's because I remember the eighteenth what trailer ...
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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 - and 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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