Framed

Overview

Director Phil Karlson harks back to the no-nonsense, no-thrills directness of his 1950s "B" pictures in Framed. Joe Don Baker, Karlson's star in Walking Tall, plays Ron, a high-rolling gambler with a streak of integrity. Framed by the film's villains--including a cartel of corrupt cops--Ron is carted off to prison. Upon his release, he embarks upon a carefully calculated campaign of revenge. The film's stylistic ties to the enormously successful Walking Tall include the ...
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Overview

Director Phil Karlson harks back to the no-nonsense, no-thrills directness of his 1950s "B" pictures in Framed. Joe Don Baker, Karlson's star in Walking Tall, plays Ron, a high-rolling gambler with a streak of integrity. Framed by the film's villains--including a cartel of corrupt cops--Ron is carted off to prison. Upon his release, he embarks upon a carefully calculated campaign of revenge. The film's stylistic ties to the enormously successful Walking Tall include the screenwriting contributions of Mort Briskin.
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Editorial Reviews

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This reunion of the core creative team behind Walking Tall offers up another sweaty, brutal tale of vice and revenge in the South. Mort Briskin's script grounds its twisty storyline with familiar crime-movie characterizations and some fun, convincing trash-talk dialogue. Despite the story's length and expansiveness, it moves at a solid clip that is punctuated by some often startling scenes of action. Joe Don Baker anchors the film with a stoic, determined performance as the wronged hero: his rough-hewn, physical style of acting might lack the charm of a conventional leading man but it's perfect for this film's dark, unsentimental take on the crime genre. His work is supported by a strong cast of character actors:John Marley offers a commanding presence as a mobster who befriends Baker, Gabriel Dell is a fast-talking delight as the inmate who becomes the hero's partner in revenge and Brock Peters provides a likeable straight-arrow presence as the film's only sympathetic law enforcement character. In terms of villains, Warren Kemmerling is appropriately sleazy as the sheriff-turned-mayor who sets the frame-up in action and Joshua Bryant steals a few moments as slick, morality-free lawyer who works with the mayor. However, the most important element of Framed is Phil Karlson's punchy direction: he keeps the narrative focused, the atmosphere intense and the action brutal (even by modern standards, a few of the fight scenes are brutal enough to make today's viewers squirm). Some might consider the film's storyline simplistic in its portrayal of corruption but Karlson is savvy enough to understand that it is a morality play writ large and gives it the aggressive, no-nonsense approach it needs. In short, Framed is one of Baker's best starring vehicles after Walking Tall and a must for anyone who likes their crime films mean and hard-hitting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/1986
  • UPC: 097360877939
  • Original Release: 1975
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Don Baker Ron Lewis
Conny van Dyke Susan Barrett
Gabriel Dell Vince Greeson
John Marley Sal Viccarrone
Brock Peters Sgt. Sam Perry
John Larch Sheriff Bundy
Warren Kemmerling Mayor Morello
Walter Brooke Senator
Roy Jenson Haskins
Al Hager Emmett
Brenton Banks Jeremiah
Henry O. Arnold Lenny
Joshua Bryant Andrew Ney
Gary Gober Kenny
H.B. Haggerty Bickford
Hoke Howell Decker
Les Lannom Gary
Frederick Von Ledenburg Dewey
Hunter Von Leer Dewey
Ken Lester Big Jim
Paul Mantee Frank
Lawrence Montaigne Deputy Allison
Red West Mallory
Technical Credits
Phil Karlson Director
Bert Allen Set Decoration/Design
Mort Briskin Producer, Screenwriter
Joel Briskin Producer
Harry Gerstad Editor
Stan Jolley Production Designer
Charles D. Knight Sound/Sound Designer
Jack A. Marta Cinematographer
Gil Perkins Stunts
Glen Glenn Sound Sound/Sound Designer
John K. Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Williams Score Composer
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