After a quiet fishing trip, Rockford is tricked into taking over a fellow PI's case involving alleged Police misconduct, which lands him in the hospital, hounded by a beautiful reporter, ...
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Sergeant Major Zack arrives at a new army base with his wife, son and Sherman tank. One night at a bar he "stops" a pimp/deputy from beating a girl. The corrupt sheriff uses Zack's son for revenge and Zack uses his tank.
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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.
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After a quiet fishing trip, Rockford is tricked into taking over a fellow PI's case involving alleged Police misconduct, which lands him in the hospital, hounded by a beautiful reporter, and out of favor with the entire Police Deapartment. Meanwhile Angel tries to cash in on the publicity by selling a movie about Rockford's life.Written by
The character John Amos plays, named 'Booker Hutch', is, in fact, Gandolph Fitch, played by Isaac Hayes in 3 episodes of the series. Though the name is never said, an article (which can clearly be seen) about the friendship between Rockford and Gandolph/Booker clearly says this, but, it displays the name 'Gandolph' in hyphens - as if it were a nickname. Usually, a characters name (when it appears in 2 or more related shows) is changed to avoid paying royalties, but in this case, many actors and the character(s) they played (esp. those paying a lead role) during the series' run have been brought back in these Rockford movies to rekindle memories (in fact, a character who's name was also used in the same episode's title - Aura Lee, from the episode, The Rockford Files: Aura Lee, Farewell (1975) - is used in the last film as the name of the crisis centre Rita volunteers at). Also, since it's a different actor, entirely, it makes the reason this was done odder. Odder still, is the fact that Denise Nicholas, who plays Leddy Hutch - Gandolph/Booker's wife (here) is supposed to be - sigh - the character Dionne Warwick played, (Theda Moran/Best), in the episode, The Rockford Files: Second Chance (1977). See more »
Although the title references the Golden Pagoda, the name of the place is Gold Pagoda. See more »
Let's face it -- the 15-year downtime between the end of "Rockford" and the first TV movie did no one any favors.
James Garner was approaching 70, and could no longer perform his trademark action scenes, nor was he particularly believable as a guy who could be a force with his fists.
Noah Beery passed away, and could no longer play "Rocky", and the character was written off the show as dead, as well.
Perhaps most importantly, the writing somewhat degraded. Perhaps it was from the writers aging themselves, or perhaps it was simply rust from not having worked on the series in 15 years, but there is near universal agreement that these movies are not as good as the original Rockford series.
However, once you grew attached to the series characters, it was hard not to like anything new we could see them doing after so many years.
This was the most enjoyable of the eight TV movies. It had the classic Rockford Files elements of shifty characters trying to further their interests at Jim's expense (and not just Angel), a difficult and uncooperative police department (including Becker), an element of mystery, an attractive leading lady, and even some humor.
This one came the closest to capturing the original "Rockford" spirit.
The show also touched upon an element in most of our lives that we rarely think about, and which is rarely depicted on TV: The neglected friend. You know the one I'm talking about -- the friend you like and enjoy spending time with, but for whatever reason, always seems to end up last priority in your life. While not a major plot point, this little side story ended up being surprisingly touching, and quite believable.
Don't expect to be "wowed" by this TV movie. It's not as good as the better Rockford series episodes, but if you want to find the '90s Rockford movie with the most similarity to the original, this is it.
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