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Switchback (1997)

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

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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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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 »

Goofs

After the accident Frank is climbing the hill towards the train. There are several paths of footprints thru the fresh snow. One to the left and another up the path he is climbing. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Buck Olmstead: The guy was a killer, Frank.
Frank LaCrosse: Yeah, but he wasn't a liar.
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Connections

Remake of Kidnapped (1994) See more »

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Safe in the Arms of Love
Written by Pat Bunch, Mary Ann Kennedy, Pamela Rose
Performed by Martina McBride
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A solid thriller
11 October 1999 | by (Rock Forest, Quebec) – See all my reviews

I was surprised by this film quite a bit. I thought it would be another mediocre paint-by-the-number genre piece. To my amazement Switchback is a taut and suspenseful film. Its fun to see Danny Glover cast against type. By no means a masterpiece, but well worth watching by thriller fans


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