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


Richard Tuggle, Clint Eastwood (uncredited)


Richard Tuggle (screenplay)
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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 ... Luther
Bill Holliday Bill Holliday ... Police Chief


Wes Block (Clint Eastwood) 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 <>

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A cop on the edge...


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According to trade paper "Variety", the "picture trades extensively on the theme of guilt transference from killer to presumed hero which for so long was the special domain of (Sir) Alfred Hitchcock." See more »


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


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 »

User Reviews

A cop gets a little too close in his case.
1 March 2002 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Inner darkness is out of control in this thriller set in New Orleans. A veteran cop(Clint Eastwood)is put in peril when evidence links him to the serial murders he is investigating. Genevieve Bujold co-stars. Twelve year old Alison Eastwood plays one of the cop's two daughters, and surprisingly holds her own. This shady thriller is worth your time. The pace is a little slow, but very intense. Some pretty cool sets and mellow jazz. Don't get too relaxed.

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Release Date:

17 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tightrope See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,156,545, 19 August 1984

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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