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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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Richard Tuggle

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Richard Tuggle (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Wes Block
Geneviève Bujold ... Beryl Thibodeaux
Dan Hedaya ... Det. Molinari
Alison Eastwood ... Amanda Block
Jenny Beck ... Penny Block (as Jennifer Beck)
Marco St. John ... Leander Rolfe
Rebecca Perle ... Becky Jacklin
Regina Richardson Regina Richardson ... Sarita
Randi Brooks ... Jamie Cory
Jamie Rose ... Melanie Silber
Margaret Howell Margaret Howell ... Judy Harper
Rebecca Clemons Rebecca Clemons ... Girl with Whip
Janet MacLachlan ... Dr. Yarlofsky
Graham Paul Graham Paul ... Luther
Bill Holliday Bill Holliday ... Police Chief
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Storyline

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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A cop on the edge...


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Wolf hetzt die Meute See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,156,545, 19 August 1984

Gross USA:

$48,143,579
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's Tightrope (1984) title is mentioned in the film when a crime expert says: "There's a darkness inside all of us. Some act it out. Some try to control it. Most of us walk a tightrope between the two". See more »

Goofs

When Wes is in Becky's kitchen, offering him ice, the microphone dangles multiple times into the frame. See more »

Quotes

Wes Block: Son of a bitch, I *hate* you!
[he starts throwing around and breaking stuff]
Wes Block: You motherfucker. I will break your motherfucking ass!
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 16 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

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This Isn't Harry Callahan.
9 September 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Clint Eastwood plays New Orleans policeman Wes Block, who is investigating a series of brutal attacks and murders on women. Wes becomes disturbed because some of the evidence describing the criminal reflects his own fetishes and feelings, though of course disgusted by the killings. He then befriends a rape counselor(played by Genevieve Bujold) who tries to understand Block's feelings, as she helps him understand the killer, so he can stop him.

Unusual story for Clint doesn't really work, since his character is somewhat unsympathetic, though he is a father of two daughters, some aspects of the story are just sleazy, and the mystery angle is undistinguished and ultimately anti-climatic. A misfired thriller.


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