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The Rockford Files: Season 3 (1974)

James Garner , Jr. Noah Beery  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Garner, Jr. Noah Beery, Stuart Margolin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 1090 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LXGXY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,626 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rockford Files: Season 3" on IMDb

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Disc 5:
  • Bonus Episode: "Quickie Nirvana" - An Episode From Season Four

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    Product Description

    Reunite with Jim Rockford, the quintessential antihero detective, in all 22 Season Three episodes of the action-packed, five-time Emmy Award-winning mystery series The Rockford Files! In the season that won him an Emmy, James Garner stars as the wisecracking ex-con-turned-private-eye whose approach to crime is cooler than his sleek Pontiac Firebird and more casual than his mobile home in Malibu. Filled with wry humor, chilling suspense and engaging mysteries, this five-disc collection includes such celebrated guest stars as Veronica Hamel, Ron Rifkin, Burt Young and more. It's an open-and-shut case: This is classic Rockford entertainment you just can't afford to miss!

    Much like his trusty Pontiac Firebird, The Rockford Files was a particularly well-oiled machine by the third year. Everything was clicking into place, from the writing to the acting (writer/producer David Chase went on to create The Sopranos). Despite a terrific supporting cast, James Garner was always the main draw, and he received an Emmy for the series during year three (1976-1977). Considering that the show was carefully pitched between drama and comedy, it was well deserved as Garner excelled at both. Notable episodes include "Feeding Frenzy," in which Rockford returns stolen loot for a client; "Drought at Indian Head River," in which informant Angel (Stuart Margolin) reinvents himself as a real estate developer; and "Rattler's Class of '63," in which Angel ties the knot. Among the guest stars are such hip cats as Blazing Saddles's Cleavon Little ("Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones...") and Cool Hand Luke's Strother Martin ("The Trees, the Bees, and T.T. Flowers"). Ned Beatty also drops by as a buddy from Korea ("Return to the 38th Parallel"), while R&B legend Isaac Hayes returns as prison pal Gandy Fitch ("Just Another Polish Wedding").

    As usual, there are plenty of good lines, like Robert Loggia's "I expect him to tell me the truth. If he doesn't, he's gonna end up in the flower business--as a soil additive" ("Drought at Indian Head River") and Garner's "Stop batting your eyes like that or you're gonna get a muscle spasm" ("Return to the 38th Parallel"). The best part about season three is simply that it adds depth to Rockford's relationships with the four people most important to him: Angel, dad Rocky (Noah Beery Jr.), detective Becker (Joe Santos), and attorney Beth (Gretchen Corbett). The only extra feature is "Quickie Nirvana," an episode from the fourth season. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rockford Files - The Best TV show ever!! February 7, 2007
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    James Garner is a great actor and Jim Rockford is his greatest character. Backed by an excellent supporting cast and superlative writing, this show never gets old despite the fact that I've seen each episode a gazillion times. Whether he is peddling a slick con to a gullible, greedy crook. bailing sleazy Angel out for the umpteenth time, turning the tables on the bad guys in the end with Dennis and the cavalry coming in the door at the last minute, Jim, (Garner or Rockford - who knows?) makes an extremely appealing character who everyone would like to have as a friend or buddy. Add a number of beautiful woman who never seem to be able to corral Jim and you have a series for the ages.
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    31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It only gets better with age.... February 10, 2007
    Unlike most long-running (five years or more) TV shows, The Rockford Files only seemed to grow more entertaining as seasons passed. This is, of course, due to solid writing and acting, but also the fleshing out of many of the regular characters, including Angel, Beth and Dennis. It goes without saying that James Garners breezy characterization of Rockford rates as one of the best in TV history. I look forward to collecting the entire series, and hopefully the many TV movies that came in their wake.
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    39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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    It was in this season that the series had many of its finest episodes.

    Although there is no such thing as a "bad" episode of Rockford Files, and I would give five stars to each season, it was in this season that series really hit its stride. In the first season, most episodes were about Rockford helping some beautiful "damsel in distress", even ones who get involved with mobsters. In the second season, we see Jim getting into serious trouble frequently because he allows himself to be used as a patsy, even by close friends, and frankly, this sometimes gets on my nerves, even if it is by the otherwise lovable Angel Martin (it should be pointed out that the audience didn't care for this either since the ratings for the show declined during that season). However, in Season 3 there was a major turnaround. We now see stories about Jim encountering real problems and real abuses people have with the police and other institutions who often abuse their power. For example, there is the two-part episode "The Bees, the Trees and T T Flowers" where Strother Martin puts in a fine performance of a eccentric older man who is falsely declared senile and incompetant in order to gain control of his property. Another excellent two-parter is "To Protect and to Serve" where Joyce Van Patten plays a lonely, bitter woman who's only pleasure in life is hanging around the police (who mistakenly allow it) and secretly enjoying seeing other peoples' tragedies. Another episode, which is James Garner's favorite is one where he is jailed for contempt of court, showing the abuses of the District Attorney's powers to compel people to testify, in defiance of their concience. It was also in this season the Rockford's biggest police nemesis, Lt Chapman, is introduced.

    If someone wants a good introduction to the series, I would recommend this as the first DVD set to purchase.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Great Series..!! February 28, 2007
    By Mark
    Remember when you could flip the TV on and in general, you had a choice of some pretty good shows - i.e. Magnum PI / Miami Vice / etc.

    You NEVER had to worry back then about Dancing With The Stars or Grease or any one of a thousand pathetic reality TV shows.

    Is it any wonder that so many of us will glom onto these DVDs of great old television shows.

    But in my opinion, The Rockford Files was at or very close to the top of the list.

    And I agree with a previous reviewer who stated that the show really hit its stride in this season. In fact, I personally loved this season for the introduction of Lt Chapman alone. Of course, Rockford and "Chappie" (as Lance White called him) bumped heads right from the get-go and poor old Chapman was usually (always..??) on the receiving end of some of Jimbo's best barbs..!! Seriously, was there anybody on TV who could turn a phrase as well as our world-weary cynical friend Rockford..??

    This show was a classic example of a brilliant marriage between the writers, who consistently churned out some of the best scripts week in and week out / year in and year out and the star, James Garner. Nobody could deliver the lines or conjure up scams as well as Garner / Rockford.

    And was it just me or did anybody secretly wish that just once, they'd like to see Rockford solve a case and enjoy a big pay day instead of having to hear yet another excuse why he was going to be stiffed on his fee..???!!

    This was a great, great series and I'm so grateful that we can now enjoy these episodes again 30 years later (God, was it really thirty years ago that this show ran on television..???!!)

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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rockford strikes back with a strong third season March 1, 2007
    During the second season of "The Rockford Files" the ratings slumped a bit--fans hated seeing Rockford turned into a chump by the clients he often represented which is too bad because they missed a great season. The third season finds Jim in the driver's seat driving the stories and the ratings improved allowing the show to continue on for a nice long run. Featuring a parade of great guest stars including Sharon Gless, character actor Robert Walden as a psychic working on a case Jim had and top notch writing by Juanita Bartlett and David Chase (who would go on the create "The Sorpranos"), the third season looks extremely good with minimal dirt, debris and the uncut episodes. As usual the terrific supporting including Joe Santos, the lovely Gretchen Corbett, Stuart Margolin and Noah Berry Jr. provide color and humor.

    The only extra we get here is "Quickie Nirvana" an episode from the fourth season (written by David Chase) and while I don't mind having a preview of succeeding great seasons (and "Quickie Nirvana" is an extremely good episode), I'd rather see Universal include some interviews with some of the cast including Gretchen Corbett as Beth(am I the only kid who was in love with her when she was on the show? The show had a gaping hole when she left)who stepped in often as Jim's attorney.

    Either way this is a top notch season and well worth getting.
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