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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
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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
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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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Frank Lacrosse (Dennis Quaid) is married in the film. She is mentioned, but is never seen nor heard from. See more »

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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 »

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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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Texas in 1880
Written by Radney Foster
Performed by Foster & Lloyd (as Foster and Lloyd)
Courtesy of The RCA Records label of BMG Entertainment
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One of my favorite movies. Glover's best role.
3 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies. A very menacing storyline if you pay attention. Danny Glover is fully believable in the role of a serial killer, Bob Goodall. His eyes and smile convey an extreme homicidal persona one second, but just friendly and laid back the next. I have never seen any actor portray this kind of character as well as Mr. Glover. One of the most convincing scenes is when he follows the attractive female clerk into the store room of a country store. His demeanor, very understated, reflects a trusted friend until he enters the room and says a few words to her and his facial expression, still subdued, completely changes in an instant, going from friend to most dangerous. Hard to describe, but his acting was superb as a psychopath and I recommend this movie.


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