One False Move (1992)
Average Rating: 8.6/10
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Average Rating: 9.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
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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
Jun 1, 1992 Wide
Mar 9, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Dale "Hurricane" Dixon
Billy Bob Thornton
Texas State Trooper
Billy "The Face"
Franklin's convincing portrait of life on both sides of the color line isn't quite like anything I've come across before, making One False Move one very assured directorial move. We need more filmmakers like him.
Skillfully performed and welcomely unpredictable, this low-budget crime film, made by actor turned director Carl Franklin, starts out as a herky-jerky exploitation piece, then turns into something better.
Everything about this movie -- the terse writing, the concise directing, the smart, unaffected acting -- is eminently satisfying.
The biggest difference between One False Move and most other action films is the sting in its violence. There is so little stylization here -- so little gimmickry -- that when someone is shot or knifed, you feel it.
Mixing moments of genuine terror with offbeat comedy, writers Tom Epperson and Thornton have created a script that jumps along with the energy of In Cold Blood.
In this film ably directed by Carl Franklin, who has spent most of his adulthood as an actor, there are more than a few tense scenes.
Rookie director Carl Franklin shows an obvious gift for pace and storytelling -- uncertain, halting moments are rare. Almost every scene has rich and authentic feeling.
One False Move doesn't make a single false move its own self: It's as tough and gripping as they come.
It exerts an almost macabre fascination as we track the killers bloody trail across several states to their inevitable deaths.
The story is punctuated by violence that's as pointless as it is nasty, though, showing an unfortunate immaturity in the filmmakers.
Hard-boiled modern-day film noir that explodes on the screen with great force.
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