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

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


Stuart Margolin


Juanita Bartlett (story), Stephen J. Cannell (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Luis Avalos ... Alvin Sudakis


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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The last of eight "Rockford Files" reunion TV movies. See more »


Referenced in The Mentalist: If It Bleeds, It Leads (2012) See more »

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Not a good end to James Garner's Rockford
30 December 2010 | by pengel-1See all my reviews

The Rockford movies in the Nineties were familiar and unchallenged, kind of like drinking a warm cup of cocoa. While Jim is more cranky than charming, Dennis is as put-upon as ever, Angel remains Angel and the Firebird's always getting dinged.

The first four were entertaining, but there's a real drop-off in quality after "Godfather Knows Best." I think that's when they stopped caring and just took the money. The movies also seemed to get darker and more violent. The last one, "If It Bleeds, It Leads" is actually a lousy way to wrap up the series. I remember hearing that it was the last one and had sat on a shelf for a year or two. When I saw it, I knew why. It's awful and depressing. Stay with the earlier TV movies if you need a Rockford Nineties fix.

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20 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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Rockford: Nur Blut verkauft sich gut See more »

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