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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

Vince(Tom's Father) rolls the window down before he shoots the Ford, However when he comes out of the flipped Chevy to shoot the suspect, the window is not opened. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Soundtracks

SPIDER'S BLUES (MIGHT NEED IT SOMETIME)
Written by Paul Barrere, Fred Tackett and Bill Payne
Performed by Little Feat
Courtesy of Morgan Creek Music Group
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Starts off okay then heads straight downhill
30 July 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I took a chance on this one on a slow night and wish I hadn't bothered. It started off with some promise and atmosphere, and includes a pretty good car chase early on. However, it then starts throwing bad cliches that you've already seen 100 times in all over the place. The troubled cop is haunted by a past incident and is now a detached loner who drinks far too much. Gee, how many times have we seen that before? Making matters worse, the final 30 minutes become so implausible, ridiculous, and insulting to the audience's intelligence, I found myself yelling insults at the director and producer for their complete and utter lack of imagination.

In short, do yourself a favor and pass on this one. There's bound to be something better to do or watch even on the slowest of nights. If you are tempted to take a peek due to the presence of Bruce Willis or because you like serial killer films in general, do so at your own risk, but don't say you weren't warned!


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