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Switchback (1997)

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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 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)  »

Also Known As:

Going West  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$6,482,195 (USA) (12 December 1997)
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Jared Leto has a bare-chest scene in this movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Safe in the Arms of Love
Written by Pat Bunch, Mary Ann Kennedy, Pamela Rose
Performed by Martina McBride
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Worth the LD purchase price, not to mention a $3 rental.
29 May 1999 | by (Lantana, FL) – See all my reviews

To comment on the actors' roles would be to give away a critical piece of the plot. Suffice it to say that this is an excellent murder mystery with a surprise ending.

Stars Quaid and Glover notwithstanding, R. Lee Ermey actually gives the best performance (as the local sheriff).

Ted Levine must need the work. After Jame Gumb in Silence of the Lambs, his character here seems too milquetoast for him.

Cinematography and sounds are top-notch.


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