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Striking Distance -- Bruce Willis stars as a maverick cop who is ready to rock the boat to get his suspect, a sadistic serial killer. Sarah Jessica Parker co-stars in this action/adventure.
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Writers (WGA):
Rowdy Herrington (written by) &
Marty Kaplan (written by)
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Release Date:
17 September 1993 (USA) See more »
Loyalty above all else, except honour. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bruce Willis ... Det. Tom Hardy

Sarah Jessica Parker ... Jo Christman

Dennis Farina ... Capt. Nick Detillo

Tom Sizemore ... Det. Danny Detillo

Brion James ... Det. Eddie Eiler

Robert Pastorelli ... Det. Jimmy Detillo

Timothy Busfield ... Tony Sacco

John Mahoney ... Lt. Vince Hardy

Andre Braugher ... Dist. Atty. Frank Morris

Tom Atkins ... Sgt. Fred Hardy
Mike Hodge ... Capt. Penderman, River Rescue Commandant

Jodi Long ... Officer Kim Lee, River Rescue Dispatcher

Roscoe Orman ... Sid, Eddie Eiler's Partner
Robert Gould ... Douglas Kesser

Gareth Williams ... Chick Chicanis
Ed Hooks ... Attorney Gunther

Lawrence Mandley ... Bailiff
Julianna McCarthy ... Judge Helen Kramer
Sally Wiggin ... Newscaster
Andrea Martin ... Newscaster
Suzanne Vafiadis ... Newscaster
Ken Rice ... Newscaster

Michael Canavan ... Officer Gary Hardy

Scott Klace ... Card Player (as Scott Kloes)
Bruce Kirkpatrick ... Card Player
Edward Gero ... Officer Lulley
Andrew May ... Officer Jeff Schultz
Sigrid Adrienne ... Nurse Paula Puglisi
Elva Branson ... Head Nurse
Jack Pashkin ... Bartender

Erik Jensen ... Kid on Steps

Jeffrey Stephan ... Dispatcher (as Jeffrey J. Stephan)
Bill Hartung ... Boat Preppie
Dan Holland ... Tugboat Gunman
Vince Deadrick Jr. ... Tugboat Gunman
John Bower ... Cop (as John T. Bower)

Janette Caldwell ... Cheryl Putnam
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Amen ... Fisherman (uncredited)
David Barckhoff ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Timothy Butts ... Officer Huck Tuckerman (uncredited)
Robert DiDonato ... Officer Gino (uncredited)

John W. Iwanonkiw ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Phil Nardozzi ... AA Member (uncredited)

Dave Petti ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Betsy Zajko ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Rowdy Herrington 
Writing credits
Rowdy Herrington (written by) &
Marty Kaplan (written by) (as Martin Kaplan)

Produced by
Marty Kaplan .... associate producer (as Martin Kaplan)
Hunt Lowry .... producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Steven Reuther .... executive producer
Tony Thomopoulos .... producer
Carmine Zozzora .... co-producer
Original Music by
Brad Fiedel 
Cinematography by
Mac Ahlberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Pasquale Buba 
Mark Helfrich 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
Production Design by
Gregg Fonseca 
Art Direction by
Bruce Alan Miller 
Set Decoration by
Jay Hart 
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
Makeup Department
Paul Abascal .... hair stylist
Scott H. Eddo .... makeup artist
Selena Evans-Miller .... assistant makeup artist
Jeannee Josefczyk .... makeup artist
Rachel Kick .... additional makeup artist
Jeffrey A. Rubis .... hair stylist
Linda Williams .... additional hair stylist
Production Management
Christopher Cronyn .... unit production manager
Bill Johnson .... production supervisor
Kathryn J. McDermott .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Todd Hallowell .... second unit director
Dana J. Kuznetzkoff .... second assistant director
Nicholas Mastandrea .... first assistant director
Bruce Moriarty .... first assistant director: second unit
Susan Pickett .... second second assistant director
Jennifer Wilkinson .... dga trainee
Art Department
G. Roger Abell .... set dresser
Steve Arnold .... set designer
Robert J. Carlyle .... construction coordinator
Rosario Casalenuovo .... set labor
Gina B. Cranham .... set designer
Elizabeth Flaherty .... art department coordinator
Eileen Garrigan .... charge scenic
Gregory Jones .... set dresser
Robert Lucas .... lead man
Mary O'Brien .... scenic artist
Brent Peelor .... carpenter
Gregory Puchalski .... scenic artist
Gregory Puchalski .... signwriter
Eric Ramsey .... storyboard artist
Doug Sieck .... set dresser
Andrew M. Siegel .... assistant property master
Gary Stel .... labor foreman
Diana Stoughton .... assistant set decorator
Paul Bucciarelli .... props assistant (uncredited)
Michael Burnett .... radio controlled miniature police car (uncredited)
Jim Heastings .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Sandy Berman .... supervising sound editor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Dudeck .... dialog editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
R.J. Kizer .... adr editor
Elliott Koretz .... sound editor
Jeena M. Phelps .... assistant sound editor
Dennis C. Salcedo .... boom operator
George E. Simpson Jr. .... cableperson
Mary Ruth Smith .... adr editor
Mary Ruth Smith .... dialogue editor
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer
John Sutton .... sound mixer
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
Hugo Weng .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Darin Bouyssou .... lab assistant
Allen Hall .... special effects
Bruce E. Merlin .... special effects foreman
Joe Montenegro .... special effects supervisor
James L. Roberts .... special effects technician
Perry Barndt .... stunt double
David Barrett .... stunts
Stanton Barrett .... stunts
Shelley S. Boyle .... stunts
Timothy Butts .... stunt double
Sherri Coleman .... stunts (as Sherri Coleman Wilson)
Bill Dalzell .... stunts
Andy Epper .... stunts
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts
Frankie 'G' Garbutt .... stunts
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Troy Gilbert .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
Chuck Hosack .... stunts
Keii Johnston .... stunt double
Louis Kiss .... stunt performer
Jimmy Lewis Jr. .... stunts (as Jim Lewis Jr)
Dave Lowry .... stunts
Frank Miklos .... stunt double: Luffy
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts (as Debbie Lynn Ross)
Spike Silver .... stunts
Michael Sinclair Walter .... stunt double: Jimmy (as Michael S. Walter)
Ric Roman Waugh .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Pete Beal .... electrician: second unit
Robert Bender .... grip
Brian 'Buzz' Buzzelli .... grip
Jorgen Christenen .... rigging electrician
Steve Cohagan .... best boy: second unit (as Steven Cohagan)
Pat Dames .... grip
Gregory L. Edwards .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Ray 'Chazz' Edwards .... grip
Bart Flaherty .... grip
Al Giddings .... underwater director of photography: second unit
Bobby Huber .... key grip
Gilbert Johnson .... gaffer: underwater unit
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator
Chris Lugar .... electrician: second unit
Gregory Lundsgaard .... Steadicam operator
Gregory Lundsgaard .... camera operator
Bob Marshak .... still photographer
Frank McGough .... rigging gaffer
Jon D. Morrison .... set lighting
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera: second unit
David B. Nowell .... aerial photographer: second unit
Jean-Pierre Nutini .... electrician
Brian S. Osmond .... second assistant camera
Douglas Pellegrino .... first assistant camera: second unit
Ethan Phillips .... electrician
Brian Powers .... electrician
Tom Priestley Jr. .... director of photography: second unit (as Thomas Priestley)
Andrew Priestley .... second assistant camera: second unit
Rich Schutte .... grip
Keith Seymour .... rigging grip
John P. Shine .... grip
Nick Tallo .... grip
Edward West .... electrician: second unit
Ted Wiegand .... electric
Joseph Robert Jobe .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Casting Department
Donna M. Belajac .... casting: Pittsburgh
Naomi Yoelin .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diane Collins .... costumer
Danna Edwards .... costumer
Linda Matthews .... costume supervisor
Lori Stilson .... costumer
Editorial Department
Ray Boniker .... first assistant editor
Galen Goodpaster .... assistant editor
Chris Jackson .... assistant editor
Michael Wertz .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ronald Blackwell .... composer: song "Li'l red Riding Hood"
Tim Boyle .... music scoring mixer
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Brad Fiedel .... orchestrator
Giovanna Imbesi .... assistant to composer (as Joyce Imbesi)
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Shirley Walker .... conductor
Shirley Walker .... orchestrator
Michael McCuistion .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Avallon .... driver
Gary Duncan .... picture car coordinator
Alan Kaminsky .... transportation: re-shoots
Ted Schambers .... driver: Bruce Willis
Frank A. Serrao .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Shawn Boyachek .... production assistant
Sondra Dee Boyachek .... production coordinator
Ray Cervenak .... security captain
Katie Clarke .... payroll accountant
Eric Dilucente .... production assistant
Stephen J. Eads .... associate: Bruce Willis
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... production accountant
Paula Gregg .... craft service assistant
Steffany Hannan .... assistant office production coordinator
Gordon Houser .... boat crew: office production assistant
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Caroline Korney .... assistant production accountant
Clark Maloof .... boat crew
Erik Miklos .... boat crew
Frank Miklos .... boat crew: Classic boat handler
Robert Miklos .... boat crew
Charles Miller .... location manager
Daniel O'Malley .... boat crew
Vince Pace .... underwater crew
Steve Parys .... assistant location manager
Steve Parys .... location scout
Billy Pittard .... title designer (as Pittard Sullivan Fitzgerald)
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Eden Ashley Umble .... unit publicist
R. Dale VanBatenburg .... set medic
David H. 'Wino' Weinstein .... production assistant
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
Jason Menz .... production assistant (uncredited)
Peter J. Novak .... location manager (uncredited)
Barbara Thaxton .... script supervisor: additional photography, Los Angeles (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Three Rivers" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for violence, strong language and a sex scene
102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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The shotgun Hardy uses to take control of the barge is a Mossberg 500 Marine.See more »
Continuity: When both cars crash at the end of the opening chase, the trunk of the killer's car flies open and is badly crumpled when it rolls. Later, we see two officers force the perfectly intact trunk open and a body falls out. The body would have come out in the crash when the trunk opened.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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Why are so many cops Irish?
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35 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Not Your Ordinary Action Film, Very Underrated, 20 February 2000
Author: Scot6 from Washington, DC

More than any film I can remember in a long time, I have never understood why this film hasn't gotten higher ratings than it has. The plot, while not ingenious (and even somewhat predictable) is still exciting and will keep you engrossed.

The film's creators get a lot of points in my book for locale creativity. Instead of setting the film in some predictable location such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami or San Francisco they set it in Pittsburgh, PA, definitely not your ordinary movie location. It's one that adds a wonderful freshness to the movie however.

The location shooting is outstanding. The scenery is different and excellent, the photography is great, even spectacular in places and the action is on a par with some of the best action films ever, including Bullitt. Who would normally think to expect extensive boating and water action in a state as synonymous with mountains as Pennsylvania is? That alone is worth taking a look at this movie.

I do not usually care much for Bruce Willis. I thought he was very well cast in this movie however and Sara Jessica Parker added extra special chemistry. The cast is much better than average overall and includes such outstanding actors as Andre Braugher, of the outstanding tv series "Homicide". I thought that the casting in general, as well as the photography, location and action very adequately made up for any possible deficiencies in the plot itself.

I would warn that there is extensive foul language in this film, more than is necessary even for a film of this genre in my opinion and probably it's biggest drawback. I would still say that the film is well worth watching when your in the mood for some escapist fun and action fare. As I said earlier, I think the film deserves higher ratings than it's gotten so far. I've watched it twice now (it was just as good the second time, in fact even better) and that definitely won't be the last time I watch it.

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