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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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Capt. Penderman, River Rescue Commandant
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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

Budget:

$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

During the final fight, the underwater sequence shows the water as being crystal-clear. All three of the Pittsburgh rivers (Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio) are very murky, due to barge traffic and residual pollution. 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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References Saturday Night Live (1975) 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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Yes, This Has Been Done, But It Is NOT As Bad As Critics Say!
31 May 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

A cop receives phone calls wherein he hears the murders of young women perpetrated by a wily serial killer. Okay, the premise is not new. It is a bit reminiscent of the Zodiac killer, but only a bit. The truth is, only a big star like Willis could pull this one out of the $1 bin and set it upon the eye-level shelves. Fortunately, Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker manage to do just that.

This film is highly underrated and under-appreciated, and wrongly so. The performances by even the supporting cast (actors who are known for lesser films and lesser performances) are wonderful. No, I'm not trying to say this film is Oscar-worthy, but it IS highly entertaining. It properly generates atmosphere, and delivers upon generation.

All in all? I found this work entertaining and enjoyable.

It rates an 8.3/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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