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Framed

Joe Don Baker , Conny Van Dyke , Phil Karlson    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
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4.0 out of 5 stars Karlson continues revenge theme with "Framed" June 7 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Framed" (1975) was legendary film noir director Phil Karlson's first film after the gargantuan success of his 1973 biopic of Tennessee Sheriff Buford Pusser, "Walking Tall." In "Framed", Karlson continues the theme of revenge which has dominated his body of work since the early 1950's. His masterpieces include "Scandal Sheet" (1952), "Kansas City Confidential" (1953) and, of course, "The Phenix City Story" (1955). "Phenix City" is a fact based biopic, along the lines of "Walking Tall," about the murder of the Attorney General Elect of the State of Alabama. Long considered Karlson's greatest achievement, it was made prior to the sentencing of those involved in the Attorney General's murder, and greatly affected the outcome of their trial. "Framed," compares well to Karlson's best works. Karlson always worked on a limited budget. Like Samuel Fuller and Don Siegel, Karlson was a talented and resourceful filmmaker whose films are often more than they seem. On the surface, Karlson's films appear to be violent exploitation pieces. But, they are much more. Each of Karlson's efforts, particularly the ones mentioned here, are morality plays. Their protaganist is usually a morally just man who wanders too close to immorality, and pays a price. Gambling is often featured as the tempting vice in Karlson's films and "Framed" is no exception. Joe Don Baker (who shot to stardom with "Walking Tall" after several successful supporting roles, and who became the first actor to receive $1 million dollars for a television series - "Eischied") stars here as a small time gambler who owns a bar with his girlfriend, Connie Smith. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Karlson continues revenge theme with "Framed" June 7 2001
By TODD SOLLEY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
"Framed" (1975) was legendary film noir director Phil Karlson's first film after the gargantuan success of his 1973 biopic of Tennessee Sheriff Buford Pusser, "Walking Tall." In "Framed", Karlson continues the theme of revenge which has dominated his body of work since the early 1950's. His masterpieces include "Scandal Sheet" (1952), "Kansas City Confidential" (1953) and, of course, "The Phenix City Story" (1955). "Phenix City" is a fact based biopic, along the lines of "Walking Tall," about the murder of the Attorney General Elect of the State of Alabama. Long considered Karlson's greatest achievement, it was made prior to the sentencing of those involved in the Attorney General's murder, and greatly affected the outcome of their trial. "Framed," compares well to Karlson's best works. Karlson always worked on a limited budget. Like Samuel Fuller and Don Siegel, Karlson was a talented and resourceful filmmaker whose films are often more than they seem. On the surface, Karlson's films appear to be violent exploitation pieces. But, they are much more. Each of Karlson's efforts, particularly the ones mentioned here, are morality plays. Their protaganist is usually a morally just man who wanders too close to immorality, and pays a price. Gambling is often featured as the tempting vice in Karlson's films and "Framed" is no exception. Joe Don Baker (who shot to stardom with "Walking Tall" after several successful supporting roles, and who became the first actor to receive $1 million dollars for a television series - "Eischied") stars here as a small time gambler who owns a bar with his girlfriend, Connie Smith. Following a successful out of town game, Baker is robbed by an unknown assailant and then nearly killed (in one of the most graphic scenes in any Karlson film) by a crooked Deputy Sheriff responding to the scene. In self-defense, Baker kills the officer. Proving, once again, there is corruption at every level of the legal system, Baker is sent to prison by a corrupt District Attorney, a corrupt Judge and a corrupt lawyer. There's even corruption at a higher level that will ultimately be revealed. While in prison, Baker meets a powerful mob figure, and thereby sets in motion his revenge. Vigilante justice is often also a theme of director Karlson's. With or without a badge, Karlson's protagonists carry out true justice in spite of the law, while gaining revenge for themselves. They are ultimately heroes because they can be seen as protectors of the "little people" who are downtrodden by the corrupt hierarchy. "Framed" also contains another Karlson trademark: promotion of racial equality. Karlson's films contain some of the most powerfully accurate portraits of racial prejudice along with black characters who are thoughtful and intelligent. Brock Peters, a fine actor, is very good as a deputy who comes to Baker's aid. What other filmmaker, appealling to a largely white southern audience, well--yes, a predominately "redneck" audience--would have the courage to feature such characters in his films. An intelligent study of Karlson's body of work is long overdue, and "Framed" should be part of that study. Is is entertaining and has something to say about our society. It is expertly directed and the performances are above par. If you are looking for an exciting, action packed film with something extra, look no further than "Framed."
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4.0 out of 5 stars In the tradition of Walking Tall... Aug. 7 2008
By Michael Diroma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Baker battles corruption yet again in this worthy follow-up to Walking Tall. All the elements for a classic 70's redneck revenge picture are here: corrupt cops, sicko henchmen, unlikely allies (including Gabe Dell and Brock Peters) and a long-suffering faithful girlfriend (Connie Van Dyke). Joe Don plays Lewis, a bar-owner and gambler who (wait for it) gets framed and is sent to the big house. Befriended by a mobster (John Marley!), Lewis gets enough info and ammo to go after those who took almost everything from him. The violence is brutal and the revenge is quite sweet.
This looks to be Karlson's last movie; if you've seen some of his earlier noirish epics (like Kansas City Confidential and Phenix City Story), you'll know what to expect. This is a GREAT unsung little film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE MOST BRUTAL of director Phil Karlson's films is this...his last movie. Oct. 8 2012
By densoulplanet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
As tough a film noir specialist as he was in the 50's...Karlson ignored this part of his MOVIESELF in the early 60's in search of more mainstream success which eluded him. UNTIL WALKING TALL. That film is rough and pretty brutally violent too, but THIS PHIL's swan song is even more violent and even more resonant. The story which is film noir cookie cutter, becomes much more through Karlson's direction and the the screen play (again by Mort Briskin who wrote WALKING TALL) into an indictment of the entire criminal justice system, all politicians, the sadistic prisons, the twisted legal/political entwining which DOES INDEED make the justification the film patent. A late masterpiece from a sorely under-rated director who influenced QUENTIN TARANTINO (RESERVOIR DOGS...SEE THE "EAR SCENE" IN FRAMED w/ cast OUT-OF-CHARACTER PAUL MANTEE {Robinson Crusoe On Mars}) and probably every Italian director of crime thrillers at the time too. Great performances from ALL in this cast. Especially surprised to see WALTER BROOKE (the religious fanatic in WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE as a cowering and cowardly Senator under black mail by Baker's character). BUT former Dead End/East Side Kid GABRIEL DELL IS AMAZINGLY sardonic and terrifyingly cold hit man. Look also for Elvis "MEMPHIS MAFIA" bodyguard turned backstabber RED "Sonny" WEST as a prison guard. And ADD Brock Peters' helpful COP and John Marley's great prison MOB BOSS! WHATTA GREAT MOVIE!

Also try and watch HELL TO ETERNTY which is as serious and indictment of the Japanese Interment Camps and the war as exists. Phil Karlson was one underrated and ahead of his time director.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars framed and the vengence that followed Feb. 5 2011
By wyatt b - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
i have always thought this was the one of the best of joe don baker films. it is a great action film with a story of injustice and corruption how one man fights it. it also a story of camraderie and loyalty and friendship along the way. joe don exacts his revenge against the politcians who sent him to prison.he sees they get what they deserve. the quality of the dvd is excellent in both sound and picture. i highly recommend it for who like a story of revenge for those who think they can get away with whatever they choose.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Framed with Joe Don Baker, is a great violent story about a man who is sent to prison and he takes the law into his own hands. June 20 2013
By Susan D. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Framed is an exciting movie from 1975 with Joe Don Baker, Brock Peters, Connie Van Dyke. A night club owner and gambler is framed for a murder of a corrupt police officer who attacked him, Joe Don Baker is sent to prison and wrongfully convicted of manslaughter. When he gets out of prison, he takes matters into his own hands. A great but violent movie.
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