Switchback (1997)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Missy, the Babysitter
Ian Nelson ...
Andy LaCrosse
Brent Hinkley ...
Man on Porch
Bud (as Walt Goggins)
Deputy Nate Booker
Louis Schaefer ...
Lane Dixon
Robert L. Somers ...
Lexie Stuart ...
Ranchers Daughter
Bob Goodall
Ted Markland ...
Tommy Puett ...


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 becomes the hunted. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Going West  »

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Box Office


$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$6,482,195 (USA) (12 December 1997)

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2.35 : 1
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According to an interview with Jeb Stuart in Premiere magazine, he had originally intended to make this movie back in the early 1980's under the title 'Going West in America', with Sidney Poitier, Robert Duvall, and Kevin Bacon in the three main roles. See more »


The scene where a rancher drops off "Doc" is filmed in a desert. The part of New Mexico, along the route from Amarillo to Raton, N.M., does not pass through any desert country. That is a rolling-prairie region, with a few small volcanic peaks in the region as you get closer to Raton. See more »


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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Written by Keith Gattis and Kostas
Performed by Keith Gattis
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One of my favorite movies. Glover's best role.
3 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies. A very menacing storyline if you pay attention. Danny Glover is fully believable in the role of a serial killer, Bob Goodall. His eyes and smile convey an extreme homicidal persona one second, but just friendly and laid back the next. I have never seen any actor portray this kind of character as well as Mr. Glover. One of the most convincing scenes is when he follows the attractive female clerk into the store room of a country store. His demeanor, very understated, reflects a trusted friend until he enters the room and says a few words to her and his facial expression, still subdued, completely changes in an instant, going from friend to most dangerous. Hard to describe, but his acting was superb as a psychopath and I recommend this movie.

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