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Switchback (1997)

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

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Ian Nelson ...
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Man on Porch
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Bud (as Walt Goggins)
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Louis Schaefer ...
Sim
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Robert L. Somers ...
Rancher
Lexie Stuart ...
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Rick
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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 becomes the hunted. 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,704,568, 2 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,482,195, 14 December 1997
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2.35 : 1
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Jared Leto and R. Lee Ermey also appeared in Prefontaine (1997). See more »

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In 1997 the Colorado State Patrol used a new fleet of silver/blue Chevrolet Cameros, silver/blue Ford Explorers and silver/blue Ford Crown Victorias, not the white Fords that movie shows. See more »

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[first lines]
Missy, the Babysitter: Whoo! There. Your folks are going to be home soon, and they're going to get me if they see you're still up.
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Bed of Roses
Written Jaime Kyle and Will Rambeaux
Performed by Faith Hill
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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More character driven than usual
27 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

As a thriller, this had some holes. For starters, Stuart identifies the killer too early (at least, I figured it out), so some tension is robbed). The postcard thing never really made any sense to me. And though it's clear who the killer is, his identity raises questions about how Quaid's son is kept without the authorities knowing. But I can forgive a lot of that because we care about the characters. Quaid, Ermey, and Glover, are three of our finest character actors, and they make us interested in their characters. Also, Ted Levine offers fine support, and Jared Leto creates mystery in his role when there wasn't a whole lot written in.


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