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One False Move [VHS] (1992)

Bill Paxton , Billy Bob Thornton , Carl Franklin  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams, Michael Beach, Jim Metzler
  • Directors: Carl Franklin
  • Writers: Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson
  • Producers: Ben Myron, Harold Welb, Jesse Beaton, Miles A. Copeland III, Paul Colichman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: September 29, 1997
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302510589
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A dark and spare thriller about irresistible forces headed fora collision with an immovable object. The latter is the local sheriff in a small Arkansas town (Bill Paxton); the former are a trio of L.A. drug dealers (Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Beach, Cynda Williams), who, having committed a multiple murder, head for that tiny town on the lam to hide out with Williams's family. Directed by Carl Franklin from a script cowritten by Thornton, the film contrasts the converging parties: Paxton as the eager small-timer who resents getting the high hat from the FBI and aches to prove himself; Thornton as the explosive bad guy who looks like a pussycat next to the sadistic Beach. In the middle is the subtle, low-key performance by Williams, who has secrets neither side is aware of. Compelling and energy-charged, without taking a single obvious step. --Marshall Fine

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BLACK AND WHITE April 30, 2000
One of the first movies of director Carl Franklin ONE FALSE MOVE has been co-written by Billy Bob Thornton who plays the character of Ray in this above-average film noir. Ray and his companion, the psychotic Pluto, leave L.A. with seven corpses behind them. Two L.A. policemen will wait for them in Arkansas.
These two pairs form strange symmetrical couples. Between them, Bill Paxton and Cynda Williams are not only what they appear to be, they have a common history. If I borrow Carl Franklin's cinematographical vocabulary, they are not white nor black, they are grey.
ONE FALSE MOVE is extremely well written and you will have a lot of pleasure to discover how Franklin and Thornton have played with the theme of the black and white antagonism.
As bonus features, a commentary by Carl Franklin and two trailers ( the second one being THE DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS trailer). No French subtitles as falsely noted on the jacket.
A DVD to discover.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best crime films ever made July 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
"One False Move" is a lost classic that is great films on many levels, acting, screenplay, direction, mood, etc. But what makes it really special is its authenticity. In the middle of the film there is a scene of a highway patrolman pulling over a carload of suspects that could be a training film at any police academy. The patrolman does everything right, until he makes one minor but ultimately deadly mistake. The violent scenes are quick and realistic, like a punch to the gut. Bill Paxton as the erstwhile motormouth "hero" and Billy Bob Thorton as the high Strung "villian" turn in career making performances. Even the small southern town that serves as a backdrop for the movie feels totally authentic. Anyone who enjoyed "Sling Blade" or "A Simple Plan" will love this movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Known Classic June 16, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
One False Move is one of those great movies that a lot of people just do not seem to know about. The first 10 minutes of the film will be difficult to sit through for those with weak stomachs, not because it is gory, but because of the sheer cruelty inflicted by the villains Ray and Pluto. Cynda Williams is good as Fantasia, an attractive and personable young woman with a vulnerable exterior that conceals her true self. Bill Paxton is also good as Hurricane Dale Dixon, the small town sheriff who longs to work in the big city carrying a secret of his own. The two LA detectives who travel to Arkansas to work with Hurricane are played by relatively unknown actors but handle their roles well. Billy Bob Thornton looks a lot different with long hair and a heavier build. The tension that builds up towards the end of the film is so palpable that your heart will be pounding through your chest, accented by the sounds of the harmonica playing man at the side of the road. I strongly recommend this movie.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And you're dead February 28, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This cult favorite degenerate cocaine crime caper starts out in what looks like South Central L.A and ends up in rural Arkansas. Directed by Carl Franklin from a script by Billy Bob Thornton, and starring Thornton, Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams, and Michael Beach, it begins with bloody bodies on the floor and ends with bloody bodies on the ground. There is some sprightly dialogue en route, some sharp editing, fine acting all around, and the dramatic tension is well maintained. We are intrigued by the clash of personalities and the degenerate hijinks. However, after awhile I began to feel that if they light up one more cigarette I will be forced to rip the pack from their hands, tear the stogies into shreds, and feed the debris to them with a large spoon. Also the standard quota of one thousand improvisations on the f-word was exceeded here. I am therefore condemning director Carl Franklin to an absurdist nightmare in which he dreams of getting scripts in the mail in which the dialogue for all characters consists of just that one word in its various grammatical forms, repeated for one hundred and twenty pages.
Paxton plays a small town sheriff in awe of the cops from the big city who is nonetheless intent on proving his manhood. (One of the cops, by the way, in a bit of prescient genius, looks a whole lot like former L.A. cop Mark Fuhrman before he got all those bags under his eyes.) Thornton is a kind of murderous cocaine-addled urban animal in a long greasy pigtail whose life has neither direction, purpose nor insight. Williams, whose primal sexiness will keep your eyes open even if it's two a.m., plays a chocolate strawberry who can kill when she has to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern justice at its best June 4, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Before Billy Bob Thornton was winning Oscars and enjoying his well deserved fame, he starred in a little film-noir (which he co-wrote) about three ruthless drug-dealers/killers and the small town Arkansas cop determined to send them all straight to hell. It all starts in Los Angelels with an unpleasent but grimly realistic triple homicide and we all get to see Thornton's not so sweet side (which we saw in Sling Blade). The three villains are made up of a white trash sociopath, his buddy Pluto, and girlfriend Fantasia. After the murder, which was also a drug heist, the unhappy three plan to head to Chicago where they can sell the goods. On the way, they plan to make a quick stop by Ray and Fantasia's hometown of Star City, Arkansas so that Fantasia can pay a visit to her family and young son. Little do they know that waiting for them in Star City is Sheriff Dale "Hurricane" Dixon, an overly enthusiastic small town sheriff who is hoping to gain recognition from the big boys out in L.A. Since evidence was left in L.A. from the previously mentioned murders, the L.A.P.D now have a good guess on where the criminals are headed next so two of LA's finest are also being sent down to help the "Hurricane" and I will pretty much leave off there in case you haven't seen this and are planning on it. There are plenty of unexpected surprises left and it is definitely worth checking out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars one false move
Started out slow but all in all good movie. I will watch it again. Need more popcorn.. by now :-)
Published 1 month ago by connie jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Neo Film Noir gets no better than this
For my money, one of the best Neo-noir films of all time. Very tight and efficient story; great and realistic writing; awesome story and plot twist; outstanding acting and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Old but beginning of new line of stars.
Loved the interaction of the actors in developing the story line. Cyndra Williams should be in more movies. Love her down home approach.
Published 5 months ago by Nathan Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars One False Move
Cynda Williams was very good in this movie. I saw her in Mo Better Blules and she was an excellent singer, putting her whole heart into her song. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars A wife's must have
I ordered this movie for my wife and i ordered it used i got today before time and the movie looks brand new....
Published 9 months ago by james mckenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
i purchased this movie by mistake, but the movie was great. and, the acting was great. it is very enjoyable.
Published 9 months ago
5.0 out of 5 stars One False Move
I was thrilled to find this movie again after many years. I enjoyed this movie years ago and now I have added it to my collection of swell movies. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robert Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Great time.. Didn't Wait long to get the movie.
Interesting movie hands down. Can't relate to it but things can happen beyond our control. I wouldn't want to be part of anything like that.
Published 12 months ago by Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars One False Move
Great movie really enjoys this the acting cast was wonderful and bill bob was and bill paxton was great also
Published 13 months ago by Roger K. Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw as ya get it.. Great stuff.
Awesome in ,, like I said, a raw, very gooood, thought out, production.... Me likeeee!!! Lumped up,,, I need 5 more words..Hope this does it...
Published 13 months ago by Daryl G. Grass
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