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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Tom
By a long way Tom Selleck's best outing in the movies and well removed from the comfortable "Magnum" image he carefully cultivated for so long. Framed by two crooked cops who shot him in error, he ends up in a tough jail where survival is reliant on the guidance of a worldly lifer (a superb F.Murray Abraham). Gritty, violent and unforgiving the main character hardens as...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated.
Criminally underrated Tom Selleck flick made when he was trying to push away from his family friendly "Magnum" image.
Despite this it's very well acted by all concerned (David Rasche is particularly excellent as the corrupt Cop with a very short psychotic fuse and shows, when compared to his equally excellent turn in "Sledge Hammer" how good and underused an actor he...
Published on 14 Aug 2009 by Dave


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Tom, 6 July 2003
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This review is from: An Innocent Man [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
By a long way Tom Selleck's best outing in the movies and well removed from the comfortable "Magnum" image he carefully cultivated for so long. Framed by two crooked cops who shot him in error, he ends up in a tough jail where survival is reliant on the guidance of a worldly lifer (a superb F.Murray Abraham). Gritty, violent and unforgiving the main character hardens as the film progresses up to it's revengeful and vicious climax.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mild-mannered John Q. Citizen gets backed into a corner, 18 Jan 2008
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Joseph Haschka (Glendale, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: An Innocent Man [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
Innocent? Yes, aren't we all? But in AN INNOCENT MAN, Jimmie Rainwood (Tom Selleck) really is, albeit a presumably highly paid one as a senior mechanic on the aircraft maintenance line of American Airlines in Southern California. Married to Kate (Laila Robins) and living in a hillside house with a view of Los Angeles-San Pedro Harbor, Jimmie has the good life. That is, until he runs afoul of two corrupt drug squad detectives from the local constabulary, Parnell (David Rasche) and Scalise (Richard Young), who supplement their income partnering with a major narcotics supplier, stealing from competing dealers, and selling the goods to their patron. Mistakenly led to believe that a deal is going down at Rainwood's home, they bust in while Jimmie is home alone finishing up a shower. Parnell and Scalise shoot Rainwood thinking the hair dryer he's holding is a weapon. Realizing their mistake, they cover their tracks by planting drugs in the home and a gun in Jimmie's hand, with which he ostensibly took a shot at the officers. Ultimately, Rainwood angrily refuses to plead guilty to lesser charges to get a reduced sentence, and a jury trial results in six years in the state pen.

While incarcerated, Jimmie must thrust aside inhibitions and learn how to literally kill to survive. He does this under the tutelage of fellow con and self-admitted criminal, Virgil Cane (F. Murray Abraham), also put away by Parnell and Scalise, though they beat up Cane's girlfriend during the process of the arrest. Eventually, Rainwood is let out on parole after three years. Returning home, he and Kate continue to be oppressed by the two crooked cops, and Jimmie falls back on his hard-won survival skills to break himself and his wife free.

My Mom recommended AN INNOCENT MAN since, in her former capacity as a staff psychiatrist for the Nevada Department of Corrections, she worked out of the men's prison in Carson City, where the exterior shots of Jimmie's lock-up were shot. If you've ever been to Nevada's state capitol, you'll recognize the adjacent Sierra Nevada range in the film. (The interior shots were apparently filmed at a disused prison in Cincinnati, OH - no mountains there.)

Now, the corrupt cop Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) in the 2001 film TRAINING DAY was one bad dude. Here, the Parnell and Scalise characters, while dangerous, are played as obnoxious wise guys almost to the point of caricature; Rasche and Young rendered them positively annoying by overacting, which is probably why Washington is an "A List" performer while the latter two aren't and never will be. At the other end of the spectrum is Detective Fitzgerald (Badja Djola) of Internal Affairs, who sympathizes with Kate's and Jimmie's dilemma and knows Parnell and Scalise are dirty, but can't prove it. Djola's performance is about as animated as a wooden hitching post.

Kate Rainwood, played competently by Robins, is believable and sympathetic as Jimmie's loyal wife, but her character is essentially tangential. The best supporting performance is undoubtedly by Abraham as the wily, prison-savvy Cane, whose motive for helping Rainwood is mostly inscrutable until the film's end when the payback Virgil is now enabled to deliver is delicious in the audience's contemplation.

Tom Selleck reminds me of John Wayne. The Duke never really acted; any role he played was essentially John Wayne dressed in a different costume. Wayne was, in my opinion a superlative entertainer, but not a great actor. Selleck, I think, falls into this same category. The majority of his movies are class B flicks more suitable for television, but his on-screen characters are so consistently engaging and attractive - perhaps accurately reflecting Tom himself - that I'd rather watch any one of his efforts than a substandard outing by a Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise. For Selleck's presence alone, I'm awarding AN INNOCENT MAN four stars.

There's one aspect of the film that continues to niggle at my mind. At the conclusion, Jimmie packs a pistol that evolves in the plot as the one placed in his unconscious hand by Parnell and Scalise during the original frame-up three years previous. How did Rainwood come into its possession? Wouldn't it have been confiscated as evidence, and then destroyed by the police after his conviction?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated., 14 Aug 2009
This review is from: An Innocent Man [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
Criminally underrated Tom Selleck flick made when he was trying to push away from his family friendly "Magnum" image.
Despite this it's very well acted by all concerned (David Rasche is particularly excellent as the corrupt Cop with a very short psychotic fuse and shows, when compared to his equally excellent turn in "Sledge Hammer" how good and underused an actor he is), is very well made, intelligent and with a well paced and believable plot-line as far as the change in Selleck's character is handled as he succumbs to being set-up and thrown in prison for 3 years.

Very nice support as well by the infamously underused F. Murray Abraham who never fails to deliver and has perhaps suffered one of the worst post Oscar winning (for a genuinely superb performance in the majestic "Amadeus") career profile dive in history.
Well worth a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 28 July 2010
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This review is from: An Innocent Man [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
a bit dated now but a great revenge thriller and a very good performance by magnum. when he wasn't happy.....I believed him, and he is not very happy for most of this film. rasches performance was a little too comic and not at all menacing which lets the film down. worth a remake if only to make the cops a little more believable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A well-acted but downbeat film, 12 Aug 2014
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Dr. H. A. Jones "Howard Jones" (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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I found this quite a depressing film, though Selleck’s acting as always was good. Jim Rainwood (Tom Selleck) is an aircraft engineer and is emerging from his shower when two cops burst into his home and shoot him, first, mistaking him for a drug dealer and second thinking that the hair dryer he has in his hand is a gun. In fact it isn’t even the right house – not that these cops are too bothered as they are on the take anyway. Of course, they have the usual ‘throw down’ gun available to frame the victim – all too close to customary practice in U.S. law enforcement for my taste.

Most of the film is about the life of intimidation and persecution Rainwood suffers in prison – until he is provoked into seeking retribution for the abuse he suffers. I found this movie unsatisfactory and unconvincing, though the grim realities of prison life are stark enough. First, his very sweet wife Kate (Laila Robins) doesn’t seem to have much idea about getting a decent lawyer to defend her husband. Secondly, I would be appalled if the police really did make so little effort to establish the true facts of a case against an upright citizen with no record of involvement with drugs. I certainly wouldn’t want to watch this again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu Review 37 - An Innocent Man, 13 May 2011
An Innocent Man Blu-ray Review

Distributor: Mill Creek Entertainment (US)

Tom Selleck will always be known as Magnum P.I. to anyone who grew up watching classic TV shows throughout the 1980's, however this little known film actually showcased a real talent for playing a very different kind of leading role.

The film takes a basic prison drama as the stories middle and adds a character driven beginning and an ending which at times almost borders on an action movie. Tom Selleck plays Jimmie Rainwood, an average ordinary every day guy, wrongly sent to prison by two cops that you will just love to hate and the film follows his characters story as he progresses through his time spent in a harsh prison trying to adjust to a very less than average life style. Usually, the release of the main character from his incarceration would mark the films natural conclusion, however being released from prison is only the start of Rainwood's troubles and the film continues at steady pace until the final climatic showdown which will leave you totally rooting for main character.

A very welcome, although somewhat surprising release for Blu-ray treatment, the film is presented in a 1080i 1.78:1 wide-screen transfer which actually looks pretty good. Ultimately, there is nothing here of stand out quality, however the picture looks quite sharp with some nice detail on display as well as showing reasonable colour representation and black levels also appearing natural. With minimal print damage on display apart from the odd slight flicker or speck, this new HD release really marks a vast improvement over previous DVD releases. Thankfully, Mill Creek Entertainment have produced this Blu-ray as a region free disc, so people who need to consider region coding issues need not be concerned.

Audio is presented as a DTS 2.0 master and although entirely unremarkable, dialogue is clear without any distortion and the now memorable score obviously sounding better than ever. Admittedly certain action scenes do come across as a little flat, however this is only in comparison to more modern day releases and the soundtrack overall provides a reasonably good listening experience.

Sadly there are no extras present on this release, however the main selling point here is the film itself and this being a budget release, you actually get an awful lot of film for your money.

If you are looking for an emotion filled yet realistic character driven story, complete with excellent acting from the lead role and supporting cast, then this film is a great way to be thoroughly entertained while also probably left wondering how you would ultimately cope should the same situation occur.

Almost a mini classic, for certain it is nice to see these less remembered titles finding their way to Blu-ray and hopefully other lesser known movies will now follow suit.

"Two cops on the take just made the biggest mistake of their lives, they framed an innocent man."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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Tom Sellick is gorgeous and this film is superb
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tom Selleck, 11 July 2014
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Have seen this and its not a bad film this, Tom Selleck is pretty good in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS, WELL-ACTED, BRILLIANT FILM ..., 2 July 2014
This review is from: An Innocent Man [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
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Saw this film years ago but the story is one that returns to your mind. Makes you think that it could just as easily 'happen to you' - albeit more likely ( one hopes!) in the U.S. than in the U.K.

The injustice really affects you and you can totally understand why the Tom Selleck character has to 'change' just to survive and thus becomes the person he does.

For some reason my husband had never seen this film and so we settled down to watch it together on a cold wet Spring evening and both thoroughly enjoyed it.

Doesn't appear dated and all the acting is superb - even the baddies (corrupt Police Officers) whom you absolutely
HATE.

Recommended.

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3.0 out of 5 stars An innocent man, 26 May 2014
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If it had not been for the fact that Tom Selleck was in this film, I would not have bought the DVD. It is very violent and graphic, and I will probably not be viewing it again.
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