Framed (1975 film)
|Directed by||Phil Karlson|
|Produced by||Joel Briskin|
|Screenplay by||Mort Briskin|
by Art Powers and Mike Misenheimer
|Starring||Joe Don Baker|
Conny Van Dyke
|Music by||Patrick Williams|
|Cinematography||Jack A. Marta|
|Edited by||Harry W. Gerstad|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Returning home to Tennessee from a trip to Texas, nightclub owner and gambler Ron Lewis happens across a shooting and is nearly shot himself. A deputy confronts Lewis as he arrives at his home. He accuses Lewis of being involved in the shooting and roughs him up, resulting in a fight that ends up in the deputy being killed and Lewis being badly beaten. Lewis is placed under arrest for the death of the deputy.
Corrupt cops, including a thieving sheriff, and lawyers (including his own) ignore Lewis' claim of self-defense and railroad him into a prison sentence of up to 10 years. His girlfriend Susan is sexually assaulted and warned not to aid Lewis' defense in any way.
Behind bars, Lewis is befriended by mob boss Sal Viccarone and hit man Vince Greeson. He is paroled after four years and immediately sets out to get even with those who wronged him. Vince, also out of prison, is contracted to kill Lewis, but decides to help him instead, as does a law-abiding deputy, Sam Perry.
Lewis proceeds to torment and even torture the guilty parties in a number of ways, gaining his revenge and finding out the truth about what really happened the night of the roadside shooting.
- Joe Don Baker as Ron Lewis
- Conny Van Dyke as Susan Barrett
- Gabriel Dell as Vince Greeson
- John Marley as Sal Viccarrone
- Brock Peters as Sam Perry
- John Larch as Bundy
- Warren J. Kemmerling as Morello
- Paul Mantee as Frank
- Walter Brooke as Sen. Tatum
- Joshua Bryant as Andrew Ney
- Hunter von Leer as Dewey
- Les Lannom as Gary
- H. B. Haggerty as Bickford
- Hoke Howell as Decker
- Lawrence Montaigne as Deputy Allison