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Writer:
Richard Tuggle (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 August 1984 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A cop on the edge...
Plot:
Wes Block is a detective who's put on the case of a serial killer whose victims are young and pretty women... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"There's a darkness inside all of us ..." See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Wes Block

Geneviève Bujold ... Beryl Thibodeaux

Dan Hedaya ... Det. Molinari

Alison Eastwood ... Amanda Block
Jenny Beck ... Penny Block (as Jennifer Beck)

Marco St. John ... Leander Rolfe
Rebecca Perle ... Becky Jacklin
Regina Richardson ... Sarita
Randi Brooks ... Jamie Cory

Jamie Rose ... Melanie Silber
Margaret Howell ... Judy Harper
Rebecca Clemons ... Girl with Whip
Janet MacLachlan ... Dr. Yarlofsky
Graham Paul ... Luther
Bill Holliday ... Police Chief
John Wilmot ... Medical Examiner
Margie O'Dair ... Mrs. Holstein
Joy N. Houck Jr. ... Swap Meet Owner
Stuart Baker-Bergen ... Blond Surfer
Donald Barber ... Shorty

Robert Harvey ... Lonesome Alice

Ron Gural ... Coroner Dudley
Layton Martens ... Sgt. Surtees
Richard Charles Boyle ... Dr. Fitzpatrick
Becki Davis ... Nurse

Jonathan Sachar ... Gay Boy
Valerie Thibodeaux ... Black Hooker
Lionel Ferbos ... Plainclothes Gus
Eliott Keener ... Sandoval
Cary Wilmot Alden ... Secretary

David Valdes ... Manes
James Borders ... Carfagno
Fritz Manes ... Valdes
Jonathan Shaw ... Quono
Don Lutenbacher ... Dixie President
G. Wood ... Conventioneer (as George Wood)
Kimberly Georgoulis ... Sam
Glenda Byers ... Lucy Davis (as Glenda Byars)
John Schluter ... Piazza Cop (as John Schluter Jr.)
Nick Krieger ... Rannigan
Lloyd Nelson ... Patrolman Restic
David Dahlgren ... Patrolman Julio
Rod Masterson ... Patrolman Gallo
Glenn Wright ... Patrolman Redfish
Angela Hill ... Woman Reporter
Ted Saari ... T.V. News Technician
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Directed by
Richard Tuggle 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Tuggle  screenplay

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Fritz Manes .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
 
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno 
 
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
 
Costume Design by
Glenn Wright 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Guedel .... makeup artist
Marlene D. Williams .... hair stylist
Mark Shostrom .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Fritz Manes .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
L. Dean Jones Jr. .... second assistant director
Paul Moen .... second assistant director
David Valdes .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward Alona .... property master (as Eddie Alona)
Airick Kredell .... lead man
Bob Lawless .... stand-by painter
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Neil Burrow .... sound effects editor
Gordon Davidson .... sound effects editor
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer (as William Kaplan)
Alan Robert Murray .... sound effects editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Chester Slomka .... sound effects editor (as Chet Slomka)
Jules Strasser .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Joseph A. Unsinn .... special effects (as Joe Unsinn)
 
Stunts
George Orrison .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (as Kirk E. Bales)
Billy Bragg .... camera operator: second unit
Sal Camacho .... assistant camera: second unit (as Salvador Camacho)
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (as Jack Green)
Leo J. Napolitano .... assistant camera (as Leo Napolitano)
Víctor Pérez .... best boy electric
Marsha Reed .... still photographer
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (as Bruce Spellman)
Tom Stern .... gaffer
Johnny Walker .... assistant camera (as John Walker)
Jeff Wolf .... assistant camera: second unit
Alex Rodriguez .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Phyllis Huffman .... casting executive
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Hopper .... wardrobe: women (as Deborah Ann Hopper)
Glenn Wright .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Jack Garsha .... color timer
John Morrisey .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation captain
H. William Miller .... transportation coordinator (as Bill Miller)
 
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Paul A. Calabria .... animal handler (as Paul Calabria)
Judie Hoyt .... assistant to producers
Linda Sony Kinney .... production secretary
Michael Maurer .... auditor
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Elise Ganz .... studio teacher (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
114 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
There was talk, rumors and rumblings that Clint Eastwood might get his first ever Academy Award nomination for this film. Then, there was some shock and surprise when Eastwood wasn't Oscar nominated.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:
Uniformed Police Officer:Wes, Beryl Thibodeaux from the rape something or other wants to see you.
Wes Block:Where is she?
Uniformed Police Officer:In the reception room.
Wes Block:Tell her I'm out.
Uniformed Police Officer:I did. She said she'd wait.
Wes Block:Good. Tell her I'm out of town.
[Wes turns around and sees Beryl standing there, she who gives him a sarcastic grin]
Beryl Thibodeaux:Welcome back.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fast Forward (1985)See more »

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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
"There's a darkness inside all of us ...", 8 January 2005
Author: callahan2211 from France

I truly consider Tightrope to be by far one of Eastwood's best acting performances. He definitely DID deserve, that year, at least an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. And don't be mistaken, Wes Block has nothing to do with Dirty Harry ... true, these two cops both have their "dark side" -an aspect that Eastwood has learned to exploit in a number of his pictures, BUT Wes Block appears to be much more "human" than Harry. This single father is struggling with his own demons, persuaded that until now he has screwed up about everything in his life, beginning with his marriage ... he's trying real hard to be a good father, as well as a good cop, that is until this killer comes along and threatens all he's been fighting for to preserve.

Here we get to know a guy who's extremely vulnerable, hurt, un-self confident, haunted and whose relationship with women remains ambiguous, based on control, kind of as if he was afraid of them, of what they could do to him, seeing them as a threat ... hence his resort to the services of prostitutes and his use of handcuffs on them.

As usual in Eastwood's movies, we wanna know what's underneath this front his characters put on ... -like in Pale Rider, Josey Wales, The Bridges of Madison County ... the silences, the puzzling, haunting, deep looks, that tell us far more about a character than any word would. "Less is more" is definitely a guideline of this movie. Most of the time, Eastwood's characters reveal themselves through their silences, and it's particularly true here.

I believe there's a line in Tightrope that sums up pretty accurately what Eastwood's movies are really about: "I'm not sure how close I wanna get ..." They're about very private men struggling with life.

This movie is simply one of his best.

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