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With: Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams, Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Beach, Jim Metzler, Earl Billings, Natalie Canerday
Written by: Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson
Directed by: Carl Franklin
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 105
Date: 05/08/1992

One False Move (1992)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Number 'One'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This excellent crime movie about murder, drugs, and money came out about the same time as Reservoir Dogs but did not receive the same kind of attention, aside from Siskel & Ebert, who famously chose it as one of the year's best films. The movie has two interwoven stories. The first follows three bad guys on the run through Texas and Arkansas: the quiet, African-American Pluto (Michael Beach), the white psychotic Ray (Billy Bob Thornton), and his girlfriend, Fantasia (Cynda Williams). The other story follows small town sheriff Dale "Hurricane" Dixon (Bill Paxton), and the two big city police detectives, Dud Cole (Jim Metzler) and John McFeely (Earl Billings), who think they know more than the local hayseed. The connection between the two stories is amazing. Director Carl Franklin, who had made low-rent action movies for Roger Corman, went on to direct the excellent Devil in a Blue Dress. Co-star and co-screenwriter Thornton went on to write, direct and star in the excellent Sling Blade.

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