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One False Move

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • African-American director Carl Franklin's ONE FALSE MOVE presents itself as a crime thriller, but upon deeper inspection reveals itself to be a thought-provoking drama concerning racism and racial identity. After stealing a large stash of cocaine and brutally murdering several people in the process, two Los Angeles outlaws--the intelligent Pludo (Michael Beach), an African-American, and the psychopathic redneck Ray (Billy Bob Thornton)--hit the road with Ray's biracial girlfriend Fantasia (Cynda Williams). Thinking that the killers might be headed to Ray and Fantasia's hometown of Star City, Arkansas, two L.A.P.D. detectives travel there to await their arrival. They're greeted by "Hurricane" Dixon (Bill Paxton), the town's energetic police chief, who looks up to them as if they're superheroes. When Pludo and Ray stop in Texas to sell their drugs, Fantasia continues on alone to Star City where she intends to reunite with her 5-year-old son. Once there, Hurricane tracks her down and she challenges him to confront the secret of their shared past, jeopardizing his marriage and career in the process. By the time Ray and Pludo arrive, a showdown forces Hurricane to draw his gun for the first time in his life. Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson's intelligent script makes ONE FALSE MOVE a superior and complex drama that works on many levels.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 91179

  • Credits
    Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams, Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Beach, Jim Metzler, Earl Billings, Natalie Canerday
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[Franklin shows] thoughtfulness and promise....Wrenching, altogether satisfying..."
    New York Times

    "...It's a jewel..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...Refreshingly original....Paxton quietly reveals many sides to his cop's story..." -- Rating: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Taut and sure-footed....[Franklin] has a good feeling for how to build tension....Paxton is a superb actor..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Here is a crime movie that lifts you up and carries you along in an ominously rising tide of tension, building to an emotional payoff of amazing power..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Serious, complex and involving....Carl Franklin's thriller explores the gap between family and ambition, desire and sacrifice."
    Total Film

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