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      One False Move

      R Released May 8, 1992 1 hr. 47 min. Crime Drama List
      93% 57 Reviews Tomatometer 75% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 06 Buy Now

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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.

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      S R A seedy caper to be sure. It has some good bits, but takes it a bit over the top with the boys. The local vs out of town cops adds a bit to this, but I don't consider it a typical noir. I liked the Arkansas star city stuff. Saw on TCM. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/24 Full Review Steve K I thoroughly enjoy early Billy Bob Thornton movies. When he takes a character he is all in. It is 2024, and this is the 1st time I ever heard of, let alone watched. Nice seeing Bill Paxton again, another great actor gone too soon. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/24 Full Review dlma1 M Last night, I watched the Criterion 4k Blu-ray edition of "One False Move" (1992), an indie crime drama starring Billy Bob Thorton, Cynda Williams, and Michael Beach. Right from the beginning, these 3 commit horribly brutal murders in LA that shocked even the most jaded of viewers. Michael Beach, as the super intelligent but sadistic character "Pluto" will scare the hell out of you. In fact, in a discussion between director Carl Franklin and Billy Bob Thorton (who also co-wrote the screenplay), they noted that Beach had trouble finding non-criminal roles for a while because he was so effectively scary as a murderer! After the murders, the story will eventually shift to a small town in Arkansas, where the late, great Bil Paxton will take center stage as a small-town police chief. There will be some moments of humor and pathos in this part of the movie. I can't say more without ruining the plot. All I can say, is that this movie is very well done by all, and if you haven't seen it before, please watch it! If you have seen it before, it is still worth watching again. Finally, as I indicated, the violence may be too much for some viewers, so as they say, "viewer discretion is advised". 8/10. For collectors like me, I loved the movie so much I bought it on 4k Blu-ray. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/09/23 Full Review Stoner J Though I wish there was a more complete ending to the story, this is an awesome and super violent crime flick! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/11/23 Full Review Taylor L The big-time debut for Billy Bob Thornton (and frequent collaborator Tom Epperson), who has quietly garnered as much acclaim for his writing as he has for his character acting, and for director Carl Franklin, One False Move is notable in part for its brutal violence but even more so for its character-driven story. Two groups are introduced from the beginning to inevitably clash - a trio of criminals on their way to Houston to sell stolen cocaine after a bloody rampage, and an unlikely team of LA cops plus the local law lying in wait at one of their likely stops. However, as the film plays out, breadcrumbs gradually filter through that begin to change how that final confrontation will play out, as you learn more not only about the characters' backstories but their respective personalities. Current needs, base desires, and past connections all play against one another in a way that ensures the frequent violence isn't just a thick coat of paint hiding script problems; Paxton's character in particular gets quite a few facets to his story with a role that is constantly rotating to show a different side to the audience. For Thornton, definitely among his biggest accomplishments in the writing room. This film really brought to mind the Sam Raimi amateur crime drama, A Simple Plan - both feature small-town crime in the context of family and duelling loyalties, both are critically well-regarded, and both star Bob Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton. However, One False Move feels much smarter in how it uses character dynamics, and features a much more nuanced screenplay. (3.5/5) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Overall, packed with many characters who differ from one another, One False Move is a dark thriller that is quite violent, suspenseful, and even sometimes a little unsettling.  Performances are great, with Bill Paxton delivering a confident performance and creating a witty and energetic character.  The film's villains, including Billy Bob Thornton, are creepy and highly disturbing.  The film builds tension right from the start delivering a surprising showdown that left me on a high.  There are twists and turns, which was a nice surprise.  By the end of this film, I just wanted to see more as the credits rolled, which is always a positive feeling. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Adam Mars-Jones Independent (UK) Franklin seizes the opportunity to make a film that tightly binds up any political concerns it may have into the plot. Nov 16, 2017 Full Review Glenn Heath Jr. Slant Magazine Clark Franklin's One False Move brings a shotgun to a knife fight, and the results aren't pretty. May 6, 2017 Full Review Michael Upchurch Seattle Times 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. Rated: 3.5/4 May 6, 2013 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid It's a film about storytelling, characters, and mood, and in its way, it goes on to say more about the tragedies and inequalities of life than an issue-driven film could. Rated: 4/4 Aug 5, 2023 Full Review Armond White National Review One False Move is inconsequential crime-movie trash. Aug 4, 2023 Full Review Rudie Obias Battleship Pretension If you’re a fan of neo-noir crime genre films or hard-boiled detective thrillers, then One False Move is a must. Jul 24, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Carl Franklin
      Executive Producer
      Paul Colichman, Miles Copeland, Harold Welb
      Screenwriter
      Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson
      Distributor
      Columbia Pictures, IRS Media
      Production Co
      IRS Media
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 8, 1992, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 27, 2010
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $44.5K
      Sound Mix
      Dolby, Surround, Stereo
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