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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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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 »

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 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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Did You Know?


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


We see Frank hanging above the moving train, the locomotives having already passed him. Then we are shown what is happening on board the train. When we return to Frank, the tops of the locomotives are passing under him again. See more »


[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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Safe in the Arms of Love
Written by Pamela Rose (as Pam Rose), Mary Ann Kennedy, and Pat Bunch
Performed by Martina McBride
Courtesy of The RCA Records label of BMG Entertainment
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A solid thriller
11 October 1999 | by 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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