One False Move
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Carl Franklin made his directorial bow with the story of three LA drug dealers who, after committing a rather messy murder, hide out in a rural Arkansas town. Assuming that the local "rubes" will offer them little interference, the criminals have not reckoned with sheriff "Hurricane" Dixon (Bill Paxton). Despite the arrogance of the LAPD agents sent to Arkansas to collar the crooks, it is down-home Dixon who puts the final bloody showdown into motion (the fact that the thieves have been falling out throughout the film doesn't hurt things either). Carl Franklin knows… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
"Everything about this movie -- the terse writing, the concise directing, the smart, unaffected acting -- is eminently satisfying."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"In this film ably directed by Carl Franklin, who has spent most of his adulthood as an actor, there are more than a few tense scenes."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"It exerts an almost macabre fascination as we track the killers bloody trail across several states to their inevitable deaths."
‑ , Film4
"Hard-boiled modern-day film noir that explodes on the screen with great force."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"For most of the way, One False Move is taut and sure-footed."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"The biggest difference between One False Move and most other action films is the sting in its violence. There is so little stylization here -- so little gimmickry -- that when someone is shot or knifed, you feel it."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Rookie director Carl Franklin shows an obvious gift for pace and storytelling -- uncertain, halting moments are rare. Almost every scene has rich and authentic feeling."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Emotionally complex thriller with riveting performances."
‑ Mark Salisbury, Empire Magazine
"one of the finest crime genre films ever made"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Skillfully performed and welcomely unpredictable, this low-budget crime film, made by actor turned director Carl Franklin, starts out as a herky-jerky exploitation piece, then turns into something better."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"Mixing moments of genuine terror with offbeat comedy, writers Tom Epperson and Thornton have created a script that jumps along with the energy of In Cold Blood."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"One False Move doesn't make a single false move its own self: It's as tough and gripping as they come."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"The story is punctuated by violence that's as pointless as it is nasty, though, showing an unfortunate immaturity in the filmmakers."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Carl Franklin tackles American anxieties--interracial love, guilt and denial--that have been ignored, showing understanding of his characters, all conflicted in vvarious ways."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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