Innocent Man

Innocent Man

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Director: Peter Yates

Cast: Peter Yates, Tom Selleck, F. Murray Abraham, Laila Robins

     
 

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In Peter Yates' crime drama An Innocent Man, Tom Selleck plays Jimmie Rainwood, a stock figure airline maintenance supervisor with a perfect family. Then, one day, Jimmie decides to take a shower. While scrubbing himself clean, two crooked cops are getting themselves dirtier. Mike Parnell (David Rasche) and Danny Scalise (Richard Young) are the kind of bad copsSee more details below

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In Peter Yates' crime drama An Innocent Man, Tom Selleck plays Jimmie Rainwood, a stock figure airline maintenance supervisor with a perfect family. Then, one day, Jimmie decides to take a shower. While scrubbing himself clean, two crooked cops are getting themselves dirtier. Mike Parnell (David Rasche) and Danny Scalise (Richard Young) are the kind of bad cops who bust the drug dealers, steal their supply, and sell it back to the local drug lords. On this day, unfortunately for Jimmie, they get the wrong address and bash down his door. When Jimmie comes out of the bathroom wielding his hair dryer, Parnell and Scalise think it is a gun and shoot him. Realizing their mistake, they cover themselves and frame him as a drug dealer. Jimmie refuses to take a plea and he is sentenced to six years in the slammer. In the brutal prison environment, he is taken aside by long-timer Virgil Kane (F. Murray Abraham), who gives him a bleak collection of options to chose from in order to survive prison. After seeing a prison gang rape, Jimmie chooses the kill-or-be-killed selection and stabs to death the nasty black convict who has been bothering him. After three years, Jimmie is released on parole, and he tries to pick up his life again. But Parnell and Scalise return to threaten Jimmie and his family. Realizing that his prison lessons must be carried over into civilian life, he sets up a situation in which the bad cops' drug dealings are revealed, and Jimmie prepares for a final reckoning between the cops and himself.

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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
It's hard to know if Tom Selleck can portray anything other than stalwart, forthright heroes because his rugged good looks have typecast him in variations on the square-shouldered protagonist. His role here is no exception. His character is such a one-note fellow, in fact, that it's hard to work up the emotional engagement the film clearly wants to convey. Surprisingly, what's left instead is a compelling and interesting drama. The film is a tightly structured potboiler that quickly recovers its footing after some wobbly exposition to become an absorbing if shockingly violent peek under the lid of the racism, gang warfare, and daily humiliations of prison life. F. Murray Abraham turns in one of his best pre-ham performances as a wily con who becomes the lead's cunning mentor, acting as a tour guide of the hellish institution for both Selleck's naïve character and the viewer. If not as emotionally captivating as it should be, director Peter Yates' film is a tough, stimulating entry in the prison genre. Compared to such superior later fare as television's gritty, no-holds-barred Oz, An Innocent Man (1989) pales due to its clichés, simplicity, and predictability, but judged under its own merit, the film is engaging.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
UPC:
0683904522658
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Mill Creek Ent
Time:
1:53:00

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Performance Credits
Tom Selleck Jimmie Rainwood
F. Murray Abraham Virgil Cane
Laila Robins Kate Rainwood
David Rasche Mike Parnell
Richard Young Danny Scalise
Badja Djola John Fitzgerald
Todd Graff Robby
Mike Budge Warden
Howard Feuer Actor
Robert Nichols Courthouse Guard
M.C. Gainey Malcolm
Peter van Norden Peter Feldman
Bruce A. Young Jingles
James T. Morris Junior
Terry Golden Felix
Dennis Burkley Butcher
Thomas B. Kackert Dove
Vito Peterson Handjob
Charles Landry Stevie
Tobin Bell Zeke
Scott Jaeck Albert
Holly Fulger Yvonne
Philip Baker Hall Judge Lavet
J. Kenneth Campbell Lt. Freebery
Jim Ortlieb Convict at Robby's Death
Ralph O. Benton Man on Tuna Boat
Jim Staskel Man on Tuna Boat
Brian J. Williams Man on Tuna Boat
Maggie Baird Stacy
Alanniss Allddero Convict Torturer
Bob Maroff Venucci
Derek Anunciation Lester
Ben Slack Woznick
J.J. Johnston Joseph Donatelli
Brian Brophy Nate Blitman
Ben Rawnsley Cop at Jimmie's
Dean Hill Mike
Gary Matanky Mechanic at Hangar
Ernie Lively Donatelli's Dealer
David Rhodes Brown Convict
Larry Brothers Basketball Con
Jeffrey Earl Young Guard
David Meligan Correctional Officer
Dave Florek Court Clerk
Gary Velasco Courthouse Guard
Ron Collins Fritz
Clint Howard Fellow prisoner
Jack Orend Officer at Bust

Technical Credits
Peter Yates Director
Lon Bentley Makeup
Larry Brothers Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Burton Screenwriter
Robert W. Cort Co-producer
Ted Field Co-producer
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Scott Kroopf Executive Producer
Neil Machlis Co-producer
James McCoy Makeup
John Moio Stunts
Frank Richwood Art Director
Stephen A. Rotter Editor
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Joel Salce Consultant/advisor
William Scharf Editor
William H. Schirmer Special Effects
Howard Shore Score Composer
Sig Tingloff Set Decoration/Design
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

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