One False Move
One False Move (1992)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1992
DVD Release Date: March 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Everything about this movie -- the terse writing, the concise directing, the smart, unaffected acting -- is eminently satisfying.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

The film is not quite the masterpiece some have hailed, but it has a bluesy grip, subtle humour and more thought than the average thriller.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

For most of the way, One False Move is taut and sure-footed.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)

Franklin seizes the opportunity to make a film that tightly binds up any political concerns it may have into the plot.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

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.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

Clark Franklin's One False Move brings a shotgun to a knife fight, and the results aren't pretty.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Michael S
"One False Move" is a masterful detective thriller, and unfortunately one that sits high atop the list of forgotten 90s classics. The great strength… More
Greg S
As two psychotic murderers and their sexy bi-racial moll make their way across Texas towards Star City, Arkansas, the enthusiastic but inexperienced police… More
Luke Baldock
One False Move was simply a beautiful, and little seen, crime film. Three drug dealers on the run are suspected to be heading towards Arkansas. Here, a couple… More
Sheldon Chau
A decent detective thriller, ONE FALSE MOVE is a neo-noir that features a strong cast and an intriguing turn of events that goes from urban Los Angeles through… More
Stella Dallas
lean and mean neo-noir. too bad carl franklin never made another film this good
John Ballantine
Hard boiled. Pretty much unmemorable.