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One False Move

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Carl Franklin made his directorial bow with the story of three LA drug dealers who, after committing a rather messy murder, hide out in a rural Arkansas town. Assuming that the local "rubes" will offer them little interference, the criminals have not reckoned with sheriff "Hurricane" Dixon Bill Paxton. Despite the arrogance of the LAPD agents sent to Arkansas to collar the crooks, it is down-home Dixon who puts the final bloody showdown into motion the fact that the thieves have been falling out throughout the ...
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Overview

Carl Franklin made his directorial bow with the story of three LA drug dealers who, after committing a rather messy murder, hide out in a rural Arkansas town. Assuming that the local "rubes" will offer them little interference, the criminals have not reckoned with sheriff "Hurricane" Dixon Bill Paxton. Despite the arrogance of the LAPD agents sent to Arkansas to collar the crooks, it is down-home Dixon who puts the final bloody showdown into motion the fact that the thieves have been falling out throughout the film doesn't hurt things either. Carl Franklin knows where he's going in every frenetic frame of One False Move, and his movie was one of the most acclaimed independent releases of 1991.
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Editorial Reviews

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One False Move ranked near the top of some critics' best-films list for 1991 despite being off the radar screen for most audiences. A challenging psychological thriller disguised as a cops-and-robbers action movie, this original story was written by an unknown named Billy Bob Thornton before he became famous for Sling Blade. Director Carl Franklin displayed a knack for exquisite timing and nuanced character shadings in filming this unorthodox tale about a trio of violent drug dealers fleeing Los Angeles cops and heading for a peaceful Arkansas town where an anxious sheriff (Bill Paxton) has extra reasons to fear their arrival. Much of the film is an excruciating waiting game, and the climax is a revelation that sheds new light on all that has gone before. An introspective action movie sounds like a misnomer, but Franklin accomplished something similar, if slicker, a few years later with Devil with a Blue Dress, which was also commercially unsuccessful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1997
  • UPC: 043396911734
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Paxton Dale "Hurricane" Dixon
Cynda Williams Lila Fantasia
Jim Metzler Dud Cole
Billy Bob Thornton Ray Malcolm
Michael Beach Pluto
Earl Billings McFeely
Natalie Canerday Cherylann
Donald Paul Pemrick
Robert Ginnaven Charlie
Kevin Hunter Ronnie
John Mahon Chief Jenkins
Max Segar Assistant Chief
Layne Beamer Texas State Trooper
Jesse Dabson Beaver
Rocky Giordani Billy "The Face"
Jeff Bailey Harlan Childress
Jackie Stewart Truck Driver
Steven Reich Car Salesman
Technical Credits
Carl Franklin Director, Screenwriter
Jesse Beaton Producer
James L. Carter Cinematographer
Paul Colichman Executive Producer
Miles A. Copeland III Executive Producer
Tom Epperson Screenwriter
Peter Haycock Score Composer
Derek Holt Score Composer
Carole Kravetz Editor
Ron Leamon Costumes/Costume Designer
Troy Myers Set Decoration/Design
Ben Myron Producer
Gary New Production Designer
Ken Segal Sound Mixer
Billy Bob Thornton Screenwriter
Tony To Producer
Dana Torrey Art Director
Harold Welb Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Watch it again

    One of Billy Bob's best pre-Sling Blade performances. One False Move also stars Bill Paxton (who later teamed with Billy Bob again in A Simple Plan) and he's great as the Star City chief of police. This movie is not for the faint-of-ears as it's full of expletives.

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