- Actors: Joe Don Baker, Conny Van Dyke, Gabriel Dell, John Marley, Brock Peters
- Directors: Phil Karlson
- Writers: Mort Briskin, Art Powers, Mike Misenheimer
- Producers: Joel Briskin, Mort Briskin
- Format: NTSC
- Number of tapes: 1
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- Studio: Paramount
- VHS Release Date: April 1 2004
- Run Time: 106 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: 6300216683
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,827 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
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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. 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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FRAMED from 1974 is worth a look from JOE DON BAKER.
March 5, 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another hardcore film from Director Phil Karlson. And it is from the BING CROSBY PRODUCTION unit. It is violent like, WALKING TALL and is the follow up with JOE DON BAKER and that prior film. Worth a look, but the girl that is the main babe is worthless on the acting front..AND she can't sing to boot. But if you like JOE DON BAKER and HIS STYLE OF VIOLENCE...then buy it!!
Standard 1970 era "shoot'em up"
January 6, 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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Standard 1970 action flick. Good guys bad - bad guys good. Fun to see the old leisure suits. There were two or three really good F/X shots but other than that don't wast your money.
Not quite up to "Walking Tall" standards, but enjoyable.
April 15, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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Joe Don Baker returns to the South to kick more small-town corruption in the ass, gets beat up a few times, breaks a few heads, shoots a few bad guys, and opts in the end to be a stand-up guy, though he requires assistance from a friendly hit man and a mob boss. Despite the efforts of director Phil Karlson, who directed Baker in "Walking Tall" (not to mention the similarly themed "The Phenix City Story" back in the 1950s), "Framed" can't live up to the novelty, moral force and forward thrust of that 1974 breakthrough film.
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Badass 70's revenge movie. I put it up there with White Lightning.
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Phil Karlson's last movie. Great revenge flick, doesn't pretend to be anything else. This is a movie that will make you think, "what would I do if I were in the same predicament?" Solid drive-in type flick.