An Innocent Man (1989)


“You gotta deal with that situation, or else everybody in here’s gonna know you’re a punk. Everybody, you understand? ” – Butcher

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After being framed by two corrupt police detectives and sent to prison, a working class man tries to find a way to survive the ordeal and enact his revenge on the cops.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recal hearing about when it came out 30 years ago and finally got around to seeing what it was all about.

The premise itself is quite intriguing and manages to work on numerous levels.

The choice of Tom Selleck as the lead is a great one because this kind of character is so very different form the kind that we are use to seeing him in.

He is quite believable in this role as an innocent man thrown int the very dangerous and unforgiving world of prison life.

The scenes in the prison are shown in a pretty tame manner which takes away from this film a bit since we expect things to be even more aggressive and dangerous than they are, yet they still manage to give us a very clear idea of what goes on in places like this.

F. Murray Abraham is great in the mentor role as a life long con trying to help Selleck along the way.

The problem is that they don’t really give a convincing enough explanation as to why he wants to help him besides something a bit too superficial.

The story moves in a very predictable way yet still finds ways to keep things interesting as the plot unfolds.

Bottom Line – Very interesting premise that works on numerous levels. Selleck is a great choice for the lead role because he is so believable as this innocent man framed thrown into this very unforgiving and dangerous world.  Parts of the scenes in the prison are a bit too tame, but they still manage to give the viewer a clear idea of what kind of life is experienced when in such situations, Abraham is great as Selleck’s mentor yet they never quite explain why he is always so willing to help beyond a superficial explanation. The story moves in a pretty predictable fashion, yet still stays enjoyable to watch unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – M.C. Gainey was high on cocaine during his audition for the role of Malcolm. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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