One False Move

1991, Crime/Drama, 1h 47m

53 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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One False Move makes nary a misstep as it unfurls a seedy caper with hard-hitting action and sly humor, marking an arresting debut for director Carl Franklin. Read critic reviews

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Following a series of drug deals and murders, three criminals -- Fantasia (Cynda Williams), Ray Malcolm (Billy Bob Thornton) and Pluto (Michael Beach) -- travel from Los Angeles to Houston, finally arriving in a small Arkansas town to go into hiding. Two detectives from the LAPD, who are already on the case, contact the town's sheriff, Dale Dixon (Bill Paxton), to alert him of the fugitives' presence in the area. Underestimating Dixon, the criminals have no idea what they are about to face.

Cast & Crew

Bill Paxton
Chief Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon
Cynda Williams
Lila 'Fantasia' Walker
Michael Beach
Wade 'Pluto' Franklin
Jim Metzler
Lt. Dudley 'Dud' Cole
Earl Billings
Det. John McFeely
Natalie Canerday
Cheryl Ann Dixon
Paul Colichman
Executive Producer
Miles Copeland
Executive Producer
Harold Welb
Executive Producer
Peter Haycock
Original Music
Derek Holt
Original Music
Terry Plumeri
Original Music
James L. Carter
Cinematography
Gary T. New
Production Design
Dana Torrey
Art Director
Troy Myers
Set Decoration
Ronald Leamon
Costume Design
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Critic Reviews for One False Move

Audience Reviews for One False Move

  • Jul 06, 2021
    A powerhouse of a work that looks at the divide between races, between urban and rural cultures, between big town and small realities, and all of this in a wickedly clever character-driven thriller. How is it that this piece isn't better known? The bad guys are on the run and on the road. The good guys, guessing their plans, simply wait ahead of them. Tension increases as these two parties inexorably collide into one another. All of the actors sink their teeth into this one. Don't let this one get by.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2012
    Hard boiled. Pretty much unmemorable.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Solid direction but ultimately a disappointment. A few parts greatly intrigued me, but as for the rest of the film, it was pretty much routine for a crime thriller.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2011
    Solid direction but ultimately a disappointment. A few parts greatly intrigued me, but as for the rest of the film, it was pretty much routine for a crime thriller.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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