An FBI agent tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Missy, the Babysitter
Ian Nelson ...
Andy LaCrosse
Brent Hinkley ...
Man on Porch
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Bud (as Walt Goggins)
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Deputy Nate Booker
Louis Schaefer ...
Sim
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Lane Dixon
Robert L. Somers ...
Rancher
Lexie Stuart ...
Ranchers Daughter
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Bob Goodall
Ted Markland ...
Bartender
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Rick
Tommy Puett ...
Ben
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F.B.I. agent Frank LaCrosse returns home to find his home has been broken into, his son is missing and Missy the babysitter is lying in a pool of her own insides. Her murder being the hallmarks of a elusive enigmatic serial killer whose slaughter spree...stretches nearly two years. Frank's desperate pursuit leads to Amarillo, Texas, where two more victims matching the killers M.O. have been found slashed to death. As Frank searches for his suspect the local Sheriff Buck Olmstead and his Deputy Nate Booker investigate the killings in-between a heated election feud, with his competition police chief Jack McGinnis. All the while drifting former doctor Lane Dixon is picked up by ex-railroad man, Bob Goodall. As a local Mechanic, Clyde 'Shorty' Callahan becomes the latest victim. Frank hopes and prays to find this sociopath before he disappears perhaps forever into the rocky mountains Written by Suspicious

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The hunter is tracking the killer. But the killer is setting the trap. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and several views of nude pin-ups | See all certifications »

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31 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Going West  »

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$37,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,704,568 (USA) (31 October 1997)

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$6,482,195 (USA) (12 December 1997)
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Steven Seagal was considered for the lead role, instead played by Dennis Quaid. See more »

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The illuminated numbers seen on the locomotives should show the locomotive number, not the train number. (It is true that there are instances where the lead locomotive number may be used as a train number, but that can't be the case here because here because the train number was known in advance. And even if it was, the train's second locomotive would still show a different number.) See more »

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Sheriff Buck Olmstead: Cause he told the truth, and once you've heard the truth, everything else is just cheap whiskey.
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References Predator 2 (1990) See more »

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Where I Uses to Have a Heart
Written by Craig Bickhardt
Performed by Martina McBride
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Solid thriller
21 November 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Switchback is one of my favourite 'serial killer vs. cop' thrillers of the 90's, and has seemingly slipped through the cracks these days. It has a special place in my heart, because as a kid my father would take me to his office at work, where I would catch a lot of cool movies on what was back then called 'TBS Superstation'. I once saw a few quick moments of this one, and wondered for years what film it was. A couple years back I tracked this one down because it stars a bunch of actors I really like, and was pleasantly surprised to have my childhood memory jogged, and finally find out what movie I had seen. It's got a solid, able bodied cast that's speckled with both prominent, square jawed leading dudes and some salty character actors as well, to spice things up. The film starts off as jovial Bob Goodall (Danny Glover) picks up mysterious hitchhiker Lane Dixon (Jared Leto) somewhere in the remote northwest. The two strike up a rapport, but we know that one or both will ultimately figure in the other half of the story, where things get decidedly sinister. Many miles away in another state, renegade FBI agent Frank Lacrosse (Dennis Quaid, turning off his smiling charm a quiet, smouldering turn as a guy at the end of his rope) searches for his infant son, who was kidnapped several years before by a dangerous serial killer. His search leads him to Amarillo, Texas, where he's both aided and stymied by local law enforcement. Kind, caring Sheriff Buck Olmstead (R. Lee Ermey, one my favourite character actors) and his deputy Nate Booker (Ted Levine, always reliable) do all they can for him, but in the midst of a reelection, their efforts are somewhat sabotaged by rival candidate Jack McGinnis (William Fichtner), causing delay in the investigation. Meanwhile, Glover and Leto draw closer and closer to a violent conclusion as the tension grows, inevitably tying in with Quaid's story. It's a crisp, no nonsense thriller that wastes no time bounding out of the gate, and yet never feels rushed. As Glover and Leto travel we are treated to some gorgeous, snowy Colorado scenery, captured nicely by DOP Oliver Wood. I revisit this one from time to time and am never let down at its tension, performances and skillful execution. A fair bit overlooked in thriller-ville as well, I might add.


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