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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.

Director:

Richard Tuggle

Writer:

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:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second of five movies that Alison Eastwood and Clint Eastwood have collaborated on. The films include Bronco Billy (1980), Absolute Power (1997), Tightrope (1984), Space Cowboys (2000) and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), the latter two she performed as a singer. Of the five, Tightrope (1984) was the only one where Clint Eastwood was not the credited director. Alison Eastwood acted in all of them except for Space Cowboys (2000). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Gay Boy: Want some honey?
Wes Block: I don't eat sweets.
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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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Risk-taking Clint at his finest
23 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

TIGHTROPE (1984) ***1/2 Clint Eastwood, Genvieve Bujold, Alison Eastwood, Dan Hedaya, Jennifer Beck. Taut and disturbing psychological thriller with Clint in a challenging variation on Dirty Harry-like character, Wes Block, a recently divorced New Orleans cop investigating a serial killer with some parallel sexual inclinations that makes him examine his own perversions.

Ambitious and suspenseful with real-life daughter Alison cast as his eldest child. Directed with flair by Richard Tuggle.


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