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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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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 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:

$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?


Steven Seagal was considered for the lead role, instead played by Dennis Quaid. See more »


After the accident Frank is climbing the hill towards the train. There are several paths of footprints thru the fresh snow. One to the left and another up the path he is climbing. See more »


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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Where I Uses to Have a Heart
Written by Craig Bickhardt
Performed by Martina McBride
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2 September 1999 | by (Napa, CA) – See all my reviews

I liked just about every aspect of this movie. The local police aren't portrayed as a bunch of inbred idiots, the killer isn't portrayed as maniacal and impersonable, and the FBI agent isn't just a suit with all the personality of a tube of toothpaste. All of these combine to make a refreshing murder mystery/thriller. This isn't the classic "who dun it?" type of murder mystery; rather, it is more in the flavor of "Silence of the Lambs", where we discover who the killer is long before the end of the movie, and the suspense comes from anticipating the hero catching the villain.

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