One False Move

Film, Thrillers
A superb modern thriller in the ultra-hardboiled Jim Thompson mould, in which a trio of criminals, wanted for a brutally murderous drugs heist, converge on a small, quiet Arkansas township where the local cop, treated with contempt by the LA officers in charge of the case, looks forward to a High Noon-style showdown. The asides on racial and sexual inequality are made subtly and succinctly; the performances and pacing are nigh perfect; the violence is explicit, disturbing but never gratuitous; and Franklin - a black actor whose directing debut this is - achieves a consistency of mood that other far more experienced film-makers would give their right arms for. One of the finest American movies in recent years.

By: GA

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Carl Franklin
Screenwriter: Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson
Cast: Bill Paxton
Cynda Williams
Billy Bob Thornton
Jim Metzler
Michael Beach
Earl Billings
Natalie Canerday
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