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One False Move

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Carl Franklin

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About the Movie

They did it for money. For power. And for fun. Two ruthless drug dealers commit a brutal mass murder in Los Angeles and are forced to flee the state. And when Fantasia, their beautiful accomplice, begs to go home to Arkansas, she unwittingly leads them into the eye of the hurricane. Waiting for them in Arkansas is an unlikely arsenal of law enforcers that includes two cynical L.A. cops and one eager, small-town sheriff. Sheriff Dale "Hurricane" Dixon has waited all his life for a major bust, and he's ready to meet these big city killers with his own brand of small-town justice. But when Fantasia arrives ahead of the gunmen, she brings with her a shattering secret from Hurricane's own past. All it takes to bring him down now is one woman... one bullet... or "One False Move."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 47
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Franklin's measured pacing and James L. Carter's meticulous cinematography give One False Move a clear, bold, angular look reminiscent of many other nouveau noir films, especially Blood Simple, the one that put the Coen brothers on the map. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, May 6, 2013

Fresh: A sardonic and explosive crooks-on-the-lam saga in the tradition of Bonnie and Clyde. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, May 6, 2013

Fresh: Working for the most part in straightforward style, director Carl Franklin achieves considerable suspense by pitting the frailties of each party against the other. – Variety Staff, Variety, May 6, 2013

Fresh: For most of the way, One False Move is taut and sure-footed. – Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Are you dead mister?

This is a great sleeper film. I would wait to see if they make it rentable first though. This film is one those hamburger films you luck up and catch on some random late Tuesday night on cable. Its a very dark tale, but keeps your interest through out. Still, 10 bucks is a little steep, but 3.99 to rent it is a steal.

Very Good

Very good movie. Extraordinary acting. Chilling how cold hearted the characters are.

Save your money

SPOILER ALERT -- or should I say saving you 2 hrs of your life and $18 bucks -- The movie itself has very little substance -- a basic cookie cutter plot: one sociopathic genius (who never expresses his superior intellect so it is irrelevant), a hillbilly with impulse control issues, and a traumatized female junkie girlfriend who has moments of conscience which are quickly overcome by the opportunity for personal gain, all of whom are on the run after knocking over a drug house. Meanwhile, out in the country, redneck sherriff (played by Bill Paxton) learns that using racial slurs isnt polite and that sometimes words (even used in gest) can be hurtful (restaurant scene) -- but the important thing is to hold your head high lest the big city police might think you are not only ignorant but impotent. In a final climactic scene the junkie girl turns out to be Paxtons former lover and his previosu youthful advancements on her traumatized her (obviously causing her to flee town and make bad life choices like hooking up with murderous junkies). What a pickle you might say --- boy the tension was thick like Los Angeles smog -- I could hardly peel myself away from the unique and intelligently written story -- after a very poorly scripted generic shootout where of course all the bad guys die and the good guy is injured (perhaps mortally) the redneck sherrif is re-introduced to his illegitimate mullato son and we are left to wonder if he will survive his injuries and go on to be a wonderful father free of prejudice or will this union with his son complete the cycle of the story and he can now rest in peace. What a cliffhanger -- SERIOUSLY save your money on this one

One False Move
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1999

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