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Tightrope (1984)

New Orleans single dad and cop Wes Block goes after a serial rapist-killer but when he gets too close to the target the hunter suddenly becomes the hunted.

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Penny Block (as Jennifer Beck)
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Storyline

Wes Block is a detective who's put on the case of a serial killer whose victims are young and pretty women, that he rapes and murders. The killings are getting personal when the killer chooses victims who are acquaintances of Block. Even his daughters are threatened. Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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17 August 1984 (USA)  »

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Der Wolf hetzt die Meute  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,156,545, 19 August 1984

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$48,143,579
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Trivia

The movie was originally set in San Francisco but because that city was associated with the "Dirty Harry" movies, the picture's setting had to be relocated to another American city. New Orleans was chosen for this. See more »

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Despite shooting on location in New Orleans, not one person in this movie has a regional Louisiana, New Orleans, or Cajun accent. See more »

Quotes

Wes Block: Son of a bitch, I *hate* you!
[he starts throwing around and breaking stuff]
Wes Block: You motherfucker. I will break your motherfucking ass!
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One Of Eastwood's Darker Films
25 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Here is a very, very tense thriller about a New Orleans cop (Clint Eastwood) finding a serial killer.....and vice-versa.

This is a very dark (literally) film with a big film-noir look and feel. Neo-noir, I guess, is what they call post-1950 gritty crime films like these.

Eastwood's character in "Tightrope" is a complex one. On one hand, he's a wonderfully loving father of two sweet girls (one played by his actual daughter, and played well), and yet he is a weak man when it comes to prostitutes. But, whatever side he shows - light or dark - he's interesting, as always. So is the female star of this movie, Genevieve Bujold, a woman with a very intriguing face and just a trace of her French accent. Dan Heyada contributes strongly in a low- key performance.

Yes, this film is a bit too much on the seedy side for my normal tastes, definitely sordid, but very well done. It's a story that grabs you early and locks you in all the way.


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