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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:
Well-made psychological thriller. 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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie's Tightrope (1984) title is mentioned in the film when a crime expert says: "There's a darkness inside all of us. Some act it out. Some try to control it. Most of us walk a tightrope between the two".See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: When Wes is in Becky's kitchen, offering him ice, the microphone dangles multiple times into the frame.See more »
Quotes:
Penny Block:[to her father] You can have a hard-on anytime you want.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Moving Violations (1985)See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Well-made psychological thriller., 24 February 2000
Author: chrstphrtully from Washington, DC

Of all of Clint Eastwood's performances, this is probably my favourite. In this part, Eastwood gives his character enormous depth and vulnerability, and touches on the insecurities and weaknesses that drive an otherwise normal man into sexual deviance. All of this he does in the guise of one of his most well-worn characters -- a police detective out after a psychopathic killer. Unlike the "Dirty Harry" pictures or "The Gauntlet", in which Eastwood only suggested the existence of human weakness, here that weakness is interwoven with the plot (in which the psychopath knows and manipulates the detective's weakness for deviant sex), heightening the tension.

What makes the film all the more impressive is that it doesn't dwell exclusively on the deviant side of Eastwood's personality. That would be the easy way out. Instead, it counterbalances that aspect of his character with some nice family moments, making sure to let the audience know (and convincingly at that) that this is a man who truly does have more than one side to him.

The acting from the supporting players is fine, although most of them (namely, Genevieve Bujold and Dan Hedaya) are given little to do. Perhaps the most surprising discovery from the film is the performance of Eastwood's daughter Alison, who gives an exceptional performance as the detective's daughter, who senses something is not quite right with her father, but loves him just the same.

The film is not without flaws -- Tuggle's script skips a couple of grooves in the plausibility category (namely, when certain characters have to be killed off), and there are a few gaps in the script. All told, however, Tuggle's direction is strong, using dimly lit sets for more than just noirish effect, and building up to a very strong finale. Moreover, his scriptwriting flaws can be excused because of the strong and full character he creates.

This is a film in which Eastwood creates a character not unlike that in his superb performance in "In the Line of Fire." All the same, it is a performance that in a weaker Oscar year might have been worthy of an Oscar nomination.

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