Striking Distance (1993)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Mystery  |  17 September 1993 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Sacco
Lt. Vince Hardy
Sgt. Fred Hardy
Mike Hodge ...
Capt. Penderman, River Rescue Commandant
Officer Kim Lee, River Rescue Dispatcher
Sid, Eddie Eiler's Partner
Robert Gould ...
Douglas Kesser
Chick Chicanis


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Three Rivers  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


£1,652,124 (UK) (20 May 1994)

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1.85 : 1
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Despite the fact that film was a critical and box-office failure in most countries upon its release, it has since gone on to gain a cult following, with many action enthusiasts praising the film for its opening car chase and action sequences. See more »


Seatbelts and rearview mirrors appear and disappear during the chase scenes. See more »


[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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Written by Ronald Blackwell
Performed by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Markets
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Give It A Chance
21 June 2001 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

I'd be lying if I didn't admit this is yet another patterned Bruce Willis flick. The kind where he plays the hard boiled cop with a colorful past, but I gave it a chance. This one finds Willis as Tom Hardy. A cop from a family of cops and things aren't going too well. First off, he's just ratted out his violent partner (Robert Pastorelli) at an official police inquiry and that doesn't win him any fans in the department. Then his depressed former partner jumps off a bridge killing himself. What a load to carry. All of the while there's this killer on the loose and when his father is murdered by him, he lets it be known he thinks the killer is a cop and suddenly he's reassigned to River Patrol.

This movie succeeds on a basic level -- it's entertaining. Sure the story is loose and the film's surprises are somewhat stale, but it's all in good fun. Willis gets to look aptly serious and hunt for the killer on the waters and there's just enough suspense to sustain interest and the minor twists of the story keep things at a good pace. Meanwhile the rounded supporting cast keeps things lively and keeps the viewer going, "Where have I seen him before?" or "Hey that's such and such".

I've read on here how people think this is stupid, dumb and lacks any suspense or thrills. Like any of the Die Hard movies had exceptionally smart stories, you didn't know what was gonna happen next or how it would all end. Of course not. For a entry level Bruce Willis flick, this one satisfies. Now if only I could get the Little Red Riding Hood Song out of my mind...!

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