Friday, September 29, 2017

Framed (1975)

Director: Phil Karlson

Writers: Mort Briskin, Art Powers, Mike Misenheimer

Composer: Patrick Williams

Starring:  Joe Don Baker, Conny Van Dyke, Gabriel Dell, John Marley, Brock Peters, John Larch, Warren J. Kemmerling, Paul Mantee, Walter Brooke

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He was taken by everyone, for everything he had. All he had left was one obsession. To get even. To pay them back two for one.

Plot: A gambler kills a sheriff in self defense. But as everyone in conspiring against him, he is condemned to a long sentence in prison.

My rating:  7/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

If there's one thing you learn from watching this is you don't fuck with Joe Don Baker.  That's a fact.  This is a great drive-in revenge flick that's got some great fight scenes.  Lewis (Baker) doesn't take this being framed shit lightly.  He befriends a couple of guys in prison that end up playing a much bigger role in his life.  He gets focused, does his time and once out, it's ass-kickin' revenge time and boy does he get it.  The last act had me really concerned for Lewis.  He crosses some lines and there's no way he's going to be able to overcome the damage he's done.  Often times it's the journey but with this flick it's both the journey and the destination that makes this so much fun to watch.  Baker's co-star, Conny Van Dyke was also a real life singer songwriter so I guess that was her singing in the film.  She's very good.  She's also a major footnote in the history of Motown Records as the first white recording artist they signed.  This isn't high art but it's very entertaining.

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