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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

$23,798,623 (USA)
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The movie was filmed in 13 weeks in summer of 1992 in Pittsburgh, its working title was "Three Rivers" and was scheduled to be released on May 21st of 1993. But after original cut was shown to test audience who hated it, extensive re-shooting was done in Los Angeles and story changes and removal of some plot parts were done to try and and make the movie better. Because of this, release date was pushed from May to September 17th. According to articles and reports at the time, reasons for why test audience hated the initial cut of the film were confusing parts of the story which were added into the director Rowdy Herrington's and Marty Kaplan's original script by main actor Bruce Willis. One source mentioned how original cut was like "Hudson Hawk without the laughs."

One of the veteran production members said that Willis "called the shots like he did on (Hudson) Hawk and like he used to do on Moonlighting. He had scenes rewritten. He did what he wanted to do. We were working with Orson Willis."

When news about re-shoots were reported, Columbia chairman Mark Canton went and said in interview that he "couldn't be more enthusiastic" about the film and how he predicted it's going to be a "beyond-sizable hit." But in order to do so, movie had to make $30 million-plus profit at box office. Canton was also known for being heavily involved in several other films in earlier years which were known for having very troubled productions and receiving bad receptions from audience during test screenings, some of them include Wes Craven's sci-fi horror Deadly Friend (1986), one of Bruce Willis's earlier box office flops The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), and John McTiernan's Last Action Hero (1993). Just like he did with Striking Distance, Canton also kept the news and rumors about problems on set of those films and bad response from test audience from the public and demanded heavy changes to be done on the films which only ended up hurting the films and studios more.

In Striking Distance case for example, all the love/intimate scenes between Hardy and Jo were re-shot to make them more 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. Although it was his interference in the script and huge ego during filming that were the cause of problems with the production and the original cut, Bruce Willis was still very angry because he had to return for re-shoots, so much so that he blamed Herrington for it, despite the fact that Herrington still defended Willis in the interviews regarding the problems with the film. According to cast and crew, Willis treated Herrington very badly during both initial filming and re-shoots.

Striking Distance ended up being box office flop, earning only $24 million dollars on the budget of $30 million. See more »

Goofs

Polish Hill is only about 2 miles from downtown. The patrol run for the witness begins on the Allegheny near downtown in broad daylight, and ends in darkness. 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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels Revenge (1995) See more »

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WALK RIGHT NOW
Written by Andrew Shaw, Nicholas Kenny, Simon Kenny, Paul Leslie Disley and Charlie Francis
Performed by 2 Die 4
Courtesy of Morgan Creek Music Group
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Nice and suspenseful
16 August 1999 | by (In shame (2005 update)) – See all my reviews

I caught this one on TV at about midnight, and I wasn't planning to see more than five minutes of it. I did (why would I write this comment if I didn't) and it kept my interest through the whole film. Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker were excellent together and the supporting cast was also outstanding.

Director Rowdy Herrington also brought us the awful A Murder of Crows (1999), but he didn't ruin this one, even if it did get a little far-fetched in places. An interesting plot line, and Willis is believable in his role.

+ (GOOD THINGS) 1.) Direction 2.) Chemistry between Willis and Parker 3.) Ending (unlike everyone else, I didn't see it coming) 4.) Length 5.) The score 6.) John Mahoney's performance

  • (BAD THINGS) 1.) Believability 2.) The script (uneven in


places)

TOTAL: 7/10


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