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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:
a change of pace for Clint See more (64 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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Second of five movies that Alison Eastwood and Clint Eastwood have collaborated on. The films include Bronco Billy (1980), Absolute Power (1997), Tightrope (1984), Space Cowboys (2000) and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), the latter two she performed as a singer. Of the five, Tightrope (1984) was the only one where Clint Eastwood was not the credited director. Alison Eastwood acted in all of them except for Space Cowboys (2000).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Obviously fake lightning flashes twice near the end of the movie.See more »
Quotes:
Wes Block:Twenty-eight years ago I borrowed 40 dollars from my father, packed up an old, beat up suitcase, took a bus and came here. I was seventeen at the time. While I walked through the French Quarter, I looked out over the Mississippi and swore I'd never leave.
Beryl Thibodeaux:Ever come close?
Wes Block:Only once. When I looked down and saw that the suitcase was missing.
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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
a change of pace for Clint, 7 October 2003
Author: dtucker86 from Germany

Clint Eastwood is a truly amazing man. More then just a mere actor, he has become one of our national icons. Even President Reagan quoted his famous line "make my day". In Tightrope, Eastwood really went out and took a chance playing a cop, but not like Dirty Harry. A movie critic who reviewed the film commented that Eastwood had really grown as an actor and that maybe we should call him Redwood! Wes Block is a troubled single father who is really human with human frailties. He is drawn into a seamy murder investigation, but in doing so it is like he is looking into the dark tormented mirror of his own troubled soul. Every time a prostitute is murdered, it seems like it is one that he was just with. Watching this troubling film, there were more then a few occasions that I wondered if Clint was going to be revealed as the true killer in the end! It was a chilling thought to me watching this portrayal of a cop on the edge and wondering what would happen to push him over. Clint was finally nominated for an Academy award for best actor for Unforgiven, but this to me is one of the best "acting" jobs that he ever did. His real life daughter Allison plays his daughter in this movie and does a fine job, just like his son Kyle did in Honkeytonk Man. Genevieve Bujold gives a wonderful performance as the rape counselor that he falls for. She is a wonderful actress and more then holds her own. She was in my favorite Disney film The Last Flight Of Noah's Ark. Eastwood usually directs himself on screen, but in this case Richard Tuggle (who worked with Clint in Escape From Alcatraz) does a commendable job with the direction and the screenplay. The most disturbing part is where Eastwood tears a room apart in a fit of rage when he realizes what he has become. In a sense, he is no better then the pervert he hunts. Its like the dream scene where he is attacking the woman he loves. The ending of the film is like Dirty Harry where he finally gets the bad guy, I guess they cop out in the end, but Eastwood showed a lot of daring and guts when he took on this challenging role and he really rose to the occasion in my view. However, I would rather see him as Dirty Harry or No Name.

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