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Striking Distance (1993)

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Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop, and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted then to river duty, the killer taunts Tom.

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Sid, Eddie Eiler's Partner
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Storyline

A serial killer is back in Pittsburgh to torment the former homicide detective who was on his trail years before. Tom Hardy, who has been relegated to water-way duty, along with new partner Jo Christman, navigate the three rivers looking for clues and discovering bodies. This time the victims are women Tom knows, he must find the killer to prove his innocence. Written by FMJ_Joker

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They shouldn't have put him in the water, if they didn't want him to make waves. See more »


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Rated R for violence, strong language and a sex scene | See all certifications »

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17 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Three Rivers  »

Box Office

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£1,652,124 (UK) (20 May 1994)
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Trivia

Extensive re-shooting took place after principal photography was completed due to a negative test screening. All the love/intimate scenes between Hardy and Jo were re-shot to make things sexier. Several dialogue scenes, like the scene in the bar between Willis and Sizemore, were also cut to make the film quicker paced. The change in tone of the film also made Columbia change the title from "Three Rivers" to "Striking Distance", as it now focused more on the action/thriller elements. See more »

Goofs

In the opening chase scene, the killer's car stops short at the police roadblock and a driver's side hubcap comes off and rolls forward. Later in the chase, both drivers' side hubcaps are still attached. See more »

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[first lines]
Newscaster: The search for the Polish Hill Strangler continues in the wake of the discovery of yet a fourth victim early this morning.
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Featured in Bad Boys (1995) See more »

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LIL' RED RIDING HOOD
Written by Ronald Blackwell
Performed by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Markets
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Two key cast members make this movie
17 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great support cast. Dialogue between Farina & Willis is as real as it gets. Irish vs Italian is always interesting. Needed more of those scenes. Some cliché movie lines but storyline hides the cheese. Location, Location, Location. All things being equal, I'd rather be in Philadelphia (right: Willis from Die Hard). I prefer Philly movies, but Pittsburgh is a great setting. Not NY. Not LA. I'll take it and it works. Every other profession has been glammed up by Hollywood so river police was a refreshing change.

Getting back to the cast, most of them are interchangeable with other actors. But there is no substitute for Dennis Farina as tough cop. He ad libs in his own way as well as Hackman & Matthau. If he's a non-smoker in real life, he should have won an Oscar for this role. This is one of those movies where the pre-quels would be just as action packed. Yeah I know the Episode IV thing has been done before in a galaxy far far away. But these characters would be interesting in their younger years.


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