The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play (1996)

TV Movie   |  TV-PG   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama


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A friend of Jim's continues to seek his help for her murdered son, but when she winds up dead not long after an altercation with a mafioso, Jim must must do what it takes to put both her soul, and her son's, to rest himself.


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12 February 2012 | score-10
huh (weird or wot) ?
If not an actual sly spoof, was this meant to be some sort of dark 'send up' of either the series itself, the genre or even America, albeit in keeping with Garner's most liked/successful screen persona from the original 'Maverick' TV westerns on to the original 'Rockford' series ? (Perhaps Garner never made the top tier of 'action' or 'tough guy' actors with his pals Eastwood & Willis because his humorous and gentlemanly streak/side/leanings do not quite fit the taste of filmgoing America) Otherwise, unless US civilisation was actually even sicker or weirder in the 90s than suggested by CNN, this episode/movie featuring a pill-popping black-belt gang boss, psycho sex- and crime- crazed kids, an unwordly saint and wacko cops was just too far overboard or 'over the top' and did not capture the original series premise or magic as straight detective drama with (sometimes cynical) humour; at least one crime scene was needlessly graphic too.

This (presumably absurd) episode disappointed and did not entertain this nonAmerican fan of the original 70s series

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