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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
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
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Caroline Korney .... assistant production accountant
Charles Miller .... location manager
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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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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On an appearance in May 2004 on "On the Record with Bob Costas" (2001), Bruce Willis apologized to the movie-going public for this film, saying that "it sucked".See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Hardy is driving the boat the camera is reflected in his sunglasses.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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Comic book cop thriller in Pittsburgh, 13 July 2014
Author: Wuchak from Ohio/PA border

Released in 1993, Bruce Willis' "Striking Distance" has a bad reputation. Roger Ebert tore it to pieces, basically saying it was too derivative and by-the-numbers, and Willis himself said he hated it. After finally seeing it I can understand criticism to a point. The story has a very melodramatic comic-book vibe, which is obvious in the opening act, almost like a TV production except with a superior cast and action scenes. But -- and this is an important but -- I quickly found myself drawn into the story & the characters and greatly enjoyed the Pittsburgh locations, the (melo)drama and the thrills. In other words, the movie IS entertaining and entertainment is the name of the game.

The story revolves around Tom Hardy (Willis), a Pittsburgh detective who's demoted to police river rescue. A serial killer returns after a two-year absence and bodies of beautiful women start turning up in the river, all women whom Hardy used to date! Sarah Jessica Parker is on hand as Hardy's partner on the river.

This is a cop thriller in the manner of the Dirty Harry series, except more comic booky and taking place in Pittsburgh rather than San Francisco. It's also reminiscent of films like "The General's Daughter." Although not technically as good as the Dirty Harry movies or "The General's Daughter" due to the cartoonishness, "Striking Distance" nevertheless pulled me into the lives of the characters and gave the requisite thrills. As such, I feel it's at least as good as some of the lesser Dirty Harry films.

The generically-named movie was originally called "Three Rivers" -- a much better title simply because it's more specific -- but was changed at the last minute because the marketing department feared people would think it was a sports movie due to Three Rivers Stadium, so they switched it to "Striking Distance." Why? The first hint is at the beginning of the movie when the title card shows two electrical bolts coming out from either side of the title. Later we observe the mysterious killer using a stun gun before killing his victims and, with a stun gun, you must of course be within... striking distance!

Speaking of the killer, one element of the plot I haven't mentioned is that this is a whodunit. Someone is charged with being the killer early on but Hardy knows it's the wrong guy; in fact, he and others are sure it's a cop or ex-cop doing the killings. There are a few suspects, including Hardy himself, but -- I'll be honest with you -- I was unable to guess the right person. There's another twist late in the story that also took me by surprise.

The bottom line is that "Striking Distance" is a cop thriller that effectively entertains and that's what's most important when it comes to these types of movies. Plus it was shot in Pittsburgh, a refreshing change.

The film runs 102 minutes.


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