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Tightrope (1984)

New Orleans single dad and cop Wes Block goes after a serial rapist-killer but when he gets too close to the target the hunter suddenly becomes the hunted.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wes Block
... Beryl Thibodeaux
... Det. Molinari
... Amanda Block
... Penny Block (as Jennifer Beck)
... Leander Rolfe
... Becky Jacklin
Regina Richardson ... Sarita
... Jamie Cory
... Melanie Silber
Margaret Howell ... Judy Harper
Rebecca Clemons ... Girl with Whip
... Dr. Yarlofsky
Graham Paul ... Luther
Bill Holliday ... Police Chief
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Wes Block is a detective who's put on the case of a serial killer whose victims are young and pretty women, that he rapes and murders. The killings are getting personal when the killer chooses victims who are acquaintances of Block. Even his daughters are threatened. Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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17 August 1984 (USA)  »

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Der Wolf hetzt die Meute  »

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$9,156,545, 19 August 1984

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$48,143,579
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In this movie there's a scene where Clint Eastwood's character gets angry at himself and starts swearing and punching stuff. A similar kind of scene was later used for Gran Torino. See more »

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Despite shooting on location in New Orleans, not one person in this movie has a regional Louisiana, New Orleans, or Cajun accent. See more »

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Uniformed Police Officer: Wes, Beryl Thibodeaux from the rape something or other wants to see you.
Wes Block: Where is she?
Uniformed Police Officer: In the reception room.
Wes Block: Tell her I'm out.
Uniformed Police Officer: I did. She said she'd wait.
Wes Block: Good. Tell her I'm out of town.
[Wes turns around and sees Beryl standing there, she who gives him a sarcastic grin]
Beryl Thibodeaux: Welcome back.
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"There's a darkness inside all of us ..."
8 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I truly consider Tightrope to be by far one of Eastwood's best acting performances. He definitely DID deserve, that year, at least an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. And don't be mistaken, Wes Block has nothing to do with Dirty Harry ... true, these two cops both have their "dark side" -an aspect that Eastwood has learned to exploit in a number of his pictures, BUT Wes Block appears to be much more "human" than Harry. This single father is struggling with his own demons, persuaded that until now he has screwed up about everything in his life, beginning with his marriage ... he's trying real hard to be a good father, as well as a good cop, that is until this killer comes along and threatens all he's been fighting for to preserve.

Here we get to know a guy who's extremely vulnerable, hurt, un-self confident, haunted and whose relationship with women remains ambiguous, based on control, kind of as if he was afraid of them, of what they could do to him, seeing them as a threat ... hence his resort to the services of prostitutes and his use of handcuffs on them.

As usual in Eastwood's movies, we wanna know what's underneath this front his characters put on ... -like in Pale Rider, Josey Wales, The Bridges of Madison County ... the silences, the puzzling, haunting, deep looks, that tell us far more about a character than any word would. "Less is more" is definitely a guideline of this movie. Most of the time, Eastwood's characters reveal themselves through their silences, and it's particularly true here.

I believe there's a line in Tightrope that sums up pretty accurately what Eastwood's movies are really about: "I'm not sure how close I wanna get ..." They're about very private men struggling with life.

This movie is simply one of his best.


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