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The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads (1999)

Jim Rockford must help a friend unjustly accused of child molestation.

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Stuart Margolin

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Juanita Bartlett (story), Stephen J. Cannell (story) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Rita Moreno ... Rita Kapkovic Landale
Joe Santos ... Lt. Dennis Becker
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Tom Atkins ... Cmdr. Alex Diehl
Loryn Locklin ... Cindy Carteret
Stephanie Faracy ... Selma Drown
Denise Crosby ... Mrs. Muller
George Wyner ... Leonard Gillespie
Juanita Jennings ... Helen Picker
Hal Linden ... Ernie Landale
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Gerry Gibson Gerry Gibson ... Critch
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Capt. McEnroe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shirley Anthony Shirley Anthony ... Sally
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Retired private detective Jim Rockford must investigate a series of child rapes when his friend Ernie Landale, a respected school teacher, is accused of the molestations. Through circumstantial evidence, Landale is hounded by the police, the media, school officials, even people he thought were his friends, even though he has not been found guilty in a court of law, nor even charged with the crimes through much of the film. As Landale, his wife Rita, his attorney Beth and police lieutenant Becker fight the battle of public opinion, Rockford realizes the only way to clear his friend's name is to find the real rapist. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rockford: Nur Blut verkauft sich gut See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The facility where Rita volunteers - 'Aura Lee', is the name of the young woman from the first season episode, The Rockford Files: Aura Lee, Farewell (1975). See more »

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

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Heavy-handed but good
27 April 1999 | by PIMannixSee all my reviews

More serious than you would expect from a "Rockford Files" movie, this is a sometimes powerful if heavy-handed attack on the media and the way in which it covers "juicy" stories. While there isn't much of a mystery here, the excellent cast--particularly Hal Linden--makes the movie very watchable. This sat on the shelf for two years before CBS finally aired it, and the plot closely shadows the real-life case of Richard Jewell, who was unfairly accused in the press of the Atlanta Olympic Park bombings.


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