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The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... (1996)

When Jim is arrested in the death of a rival private investigator, it is left to Jim to prove his own innocence, with the help of Jess Wilding, an old friend of Rocky's, which Jim never knew about.

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Jeannot Szwarc

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Juanita Bartlett, Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Dyan Cannon ... Jess Wilding
Joe Santos ... Lt. Dennis Becker
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth (Davenport) Van Zandt
Tom Atkins ... Cmdr. Alex Diehl
James Luisi ... Capt. Doug Chapman
Carmen Argenziano ... Hector Gustavo
Steve Eastin ... Special Agent Millard Weeks
Dyana Ortelli ... Linda Gustavo
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Beverly Leech ... Eleanor
Randy Oglesby ... Stringer
Linden Chiles ... Senator Aspall
Sal Lopez ... Joselito
Michael Leopard Michael Leopard ... George
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Storyline

In this third installment of "The Rockford Files" television movies, Jim Rockford is arrested for the death of Bud Monckton, a rival detective which Jim has had public disagreements with before. With the help of Jess Wilding, an IRS agent who was also a good friend of Rocky's, Jim has to prove his innocence. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net> / edited by TrivWhiz

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los nuevos casos de Rockford: Si la trampa funciona... See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The third of eight "Rockford Files" reunion TV movies. See more »

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A gun is inside on his pocket, when some people try to kidnap him, the gun was taken away, Rockford couldn't have the gun because he was handcuffed by the LAPD and later was taken by FBI agents. See more »

Quotes

Jim Rockford: Oh, yeah, I hate paper work. But every once in a while, well, I was playing catch up.
Jim Rockford: [on the phone to a bill collector] Oh, Bobby. Bobby! Oh, no, I'm not ducking you. No, Hey, hey, yeah, Bobby, yeah I know what I said. Yeah. Yeah, hey, look - Bobby, I can't give you what I don't have; I'm tapped out. Well, yes, I know it's been three and-a-half weeks, but if it makes you feel any better I got at least half a dozen other people who've waiting for payment for over two months.
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Connections

Follows The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise (1995) See more »

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Always a pleasure
7 November 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

The Rockford Files was one of my favorite shows, and I loved the fact that a series of TV movies were done after the show ended. James Garner was perfection in the role of the down on his luck detective, who depended upon the kindness of a friend in the police department, a low-life sleaze, and a sympathetic attorney for help when he needed it.

This one, "If the Frame Fits," was done in 1996 and brings back the cast, with the exception of Noah Berry, Jr. as Joseph Rockford, who died in 1994. You couldn't pick a better cast and better relationships with Jim -- Joe Santos as Dennis, Gretchen Corbett as Beth, Stuart Margolin as Angel, and who can forget James Luisi as that nasty Lieutenant Chapman?

In this one, Jim Rockford is arrested when a rival of his, Bud Monckton, also a detective, is murdered. The two of them had some public arguments, and Rockford is dragged down to headquarters as a likely suspect. For some reason, Dennis seems to think his superiors aren't aware that "Jimbo" is a friend of his and keeps pretending they barely know one another, as he's afraid for his job.

Soon it becomes obvious that Jim has been framed, but by whom and why? An old friend of Rocky's, Jess (Dyan Cannon) offers to help prove his innocence.

There's not much to say about this or the other movies -- when you have good actors who have worked together for so long and have such excellent chemistry, the story almost doesn't matter because they're so much fun to watch.

You'll enjoy untangling the mystery, though, and hearing the fun dialogue.


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