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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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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

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 »

Quotes

Sheriff Buck Olmstead: The guy was a killer, Frank.
Frank LaCrosse: Yeah, but he wasn't a liar.
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Remake of Kidnapped (1994) See more »

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Feel Alright
Written by Steve Earle
Performed by Steve Earle
Produced by Richard Bennett
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Hokey, But Intense Man's Movie
3 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, this is an intense story that should keep you interested for the full two hours. The five main roles are all men and they are pretty interesting, led by Danny Glover's character, who is very, very creepy.

I'm hesitant to say much about this film for fear of giving anything away for those who have not seen it. Suffice to say its a rough movie in regards to language, violence and general attitude but the story grabs you quickly and is tough to put down once you are into it.

One complaint I read said this film never made it big because it was too convoluted a storyline. In fact, the story isn't really pieced together until the last few minutes. Well, a lot of films over the years were like that (Charlie Chan and Sherlock Holmes mysteries, just to name two) and no one complained.

The fact that FBI agent Dennis Quaid would figure things out to the exact minute does stretch credibility so don't look for a film that makes a lot of sense: it's simply a very tense thriller that entertains, so it serves its purpose.

Lee Ermey, the fanatical drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket, also is fun to watch in here. Jared Leto and Ted Levine also contribute nicely. It's a man's film, for the most part and an effective diversion for two hours.


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