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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Did You Know?


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 »


During the final fight scene in the water between Hardy and the killer, there are two shots of a bald Bruce Willis, missing the hair (or wig) that he sports throughout the rest of the movie. 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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Referenced in A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994) See more »


Written by Bob Seger
Performed by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Cema Special Markets
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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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