Switchback (1997)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  31 October 1997 (USA)
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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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Did You Know?


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 »


At the car garage, we see a calendar for February 1996. Every day on the calendar is listed as falling on the wrong weekday to what they really did. For example, February 5 1996 was a Monday, on the calendar it is listed as falling on a Tuesday. See more »


Sheriff Buck Olmstead: The guy was a killer, Frank.
Frank LaCrosse: Yeah, but he wasn't a liar.
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Feel Alright
Written by Steve Earle
Performed by Steve Earle
Produced by Richard Bennett
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More character driven than usual
27 February 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – 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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