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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?


Bruce Willis and Brion James were both in The Player (1992), but never in the same scene. Willis had less screen time than James too. See more »


The courthouse scene opens with an establishing exterior shot of the New York State Supreme Court on Center Street in New York City, not Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where the film is set. 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 Paul Barrere, Fred Tackett and Bill Payne
Performed by Little Feat
Courtesy of Morgan Creek Music Group
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User Reviews

A good Bruce Willis movie
1 June 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I don't understand why this film is so over-looked. It has pretty everything fans of Bruce Willis would want. He is a cop, not liked by his fellow officers, and he is on a murder case where no one believes what he has to say. There is action, swearing, one liners, and even some sex. Bruce doesn't usually have that in his films, maybe that is what threw people off. Just Kidding.

By all means, this is no masterpiece, but it is an entertaining mystery with an AWESOME car chase. One of the best. Bruce Willis fans should definitely check this movie out. It is pure Bruce and without him the "lone cop" story wouldn't work as well nor be as credible as it is because of him. 8/10

Rated R: violence and profanity

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