An Innocent Man

Last Updated on: May 21st, 2024

An Innocent Man (Touchstone Movie)

“An Innocent Man” is a crime drama film released in 1989, directed by Peter Yates. The movie stars Tom Selleck as Jimmie Rainwood, a successful airline mechanic living a peaceful life with his wife, Kate (Laila Robins), in their suburban home.

The story takes a dark turn when Jimmie becomes the victim of a police raid based on false information. He is wrongfully accused of drug trafficking and is sentenced to prison, despite his claims of innocence.

In prison, Jimmie experiences the harsh realities of life behind bars and the brutal treatment from other inmates. While struggling to survive, he befriends a seasoned convict named Virgil (F. Murray Abraham), who helps him learn the ropes of prison life.

As Jimmie endures the brutal conditions of incarceration, he becomes determined to clear his name and seek justice. With Virgil’s help, he gathers evidence to prove his innocence and expose the corrupt police officers responsible for his wrongful conviction.

“An Innocent Man” is a gritty and intense portrayal of the injustices of the criminal justice system and the resilience of a man fighting for his freedom and redemption. Tom Selleck delivers a powerful and convincing performance as the protagonist, capturing the emotional journey of a man wrongly accused and betrayed.

The film delves into themes of corruption, friendship, and the price of seeking justice. It presents a stark and thought-provoking examination of the consequences of unchecked power and the determination of an innocent man to reclaim his life.

While “An Innocent Man” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release, it has gained a following among fans of crime dramas and those who appreciate Tom Selleck’s acting range beyond his more iconic roles in television series.

“An Innocent Man” remains a touchstone for viewers who enjoy intense and gripping stories of justice, resilience, and the fight for redemption in the face of overwhelming odds.

Additional Details


  • Tom Selleck: Jimmie Rainwood
  • F. Murray Abraham: Virgil Caine
  • Laila Robins: Kate Rainwood
  • David Rasche: Mike Parnell
  • Richard Young: Danny Scalise
  • Badja Djola: John Fitzgerald
  • Bruce A. Young: Jingles
  • Dennis Burkley: Butcher
  • Todd Graff: Robby
  • M.C. Gainey: Malcolm
  • Lt. Mike Budge: Warden
  • Peter Van Norden: Peter Feldman
  • James T. Morris: Junior
  • Tobin Bell: Zeke


  • Director: Peter Yates
  • Producers: Ted Field and Robert Cort
  • Writer: Larry Brothers

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