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Striking Distance (1993)

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Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted then to river duty, the killer taunts Tom.

Director:

Rowdy Herrington

Writers:

Rowdy Herrington, Marty Kaplan (as Martin Kaplan)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Det. Tom Hardy
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Jo Christman
Dennis Farina ... Capt. Nick Detillo
Tom Sizemore ... Det. Danny Detillo
Brion James ... Det. Eddie Eiler
Robert Pastorelli ... Det. Jimmy Detillo
Timothy Busfield ... Tony Sacco
John Mahoney ... Lt. Vince Hardy
Andre Braugher ... Dist. Atty. Frank Morris
Tom Atkins ... Sgt. Fred Hardy
Mike Hodge ... Capt. Penderman, River Rescue Commandant
Jodi Long ... Officer Kim Lee, River Rescue Dispatcher
Roscoe Orman ... Sid, Eddie Eiler's Partner
Robert Gould ... Douglas Kesser
Gareth Williams ... Chick Chicanis
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Storyline

Tom Hardy (Bruce Willis) is a maverick cop in pursuit of a sadistic serial killer. Demoted to river patrol after suggesting to the press the killer may be a police officer, he initiates an unauthorized investigation with his new partner (Sarah Jessica Parker). Written by AYM Films

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Loyalty above all else, except honour. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, strong language and a sex scene | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Rivers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,705,808, 19 September 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,798,623
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was filmed in 13 weeks in the summer of 1992, in Pittsburgh. Its working title was "Three Rivers", and was scheduled to be released on May 21, 1993. But after the original cut was shown to a test audience that hated it, extensive re-shooting was done in Los Angeles. Story changes, and removal of some plot points, were done to try and and make the movie better. Because of this, release date was pushed from May to September 17th.

According to articles and reports at the time, reasons for why the test audience hated the initial cut of the film, were, confusing parts of the story, which were added into director Rowdy Herrington's and Marty Kaplan's original script by Bruce Willis. One source mentioned how the original cut was like "Hudson Hawk (1991) without the laughs." One of the veteran production members said that Willis "called the shots like he did on (Hudson) Hawk, and like he used to do on Moonlighting (1985). He had scenes rewritten. He did what he wanted to do. We were working with Orson Willis."

When news about re-shoots were reported, Columbia chairman Mark Canton went and said in interview that he "couldn't be more enthusiastic" about the film and how he predicted it's going to be a "beyond-sizable hit." But in order to do so, the movie had to make thirty million dollars plus turn a profit at the box-office. Canton was also known for being heavily involved in several other films in earlier years which were known for having very troubled productions and receiving bad receptions from audience during test screenings, some of them include Wes Craven's sci-fi horror Deadly Friend (1986), one of Willis's earlier box-office flops The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), and John McTiernan's Last Action Hero (1993). Just like he did with this film, Canton also kept the news and rumors about problems on the sets of those films and bad responses from test audiences, from the public and demanded heavy changes to be done on the films, which only ended up hurting the films and studios more.

In this case, for example, all the love/intimate scenes between Hardy and Jo were re-shot to make them sexier. Several dialogue scenes, like the scene in the bar between Hardy and Detillo, were also cut to make the film quicker paced. The change in tone of the film also made Columbia change the title from "Three Rivers" to "Striking Distance", as it now focused more on the action/thriller elements. Although it was his interference in the script and huge ego during filming that were the cause of problems with the production and the original cut, Bruce Willis was still very angry because he had to return for re-shoots, so much so that he blamed Herrington for it, despite the fact that Herrington still defended Willis, in interviews, regarding the problems with the film. According to the cast and crew, Willis treated Herrington very badly during both initial filming and re-shoots.

Striking Distance ended up being a box-office failure, earning only 24 million dollars on the budget of thirty million dollars. See more »

Goofs

When Hardy is driving the boat the camera is reflected in his sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Newscaster: The search for the Polish Hill Strangler continues in the wake of the discovery of yet a fourth victim early this morning.
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Soundtracks

THINGS HAPPEN
Written by Paul Barrere, Fred Tackett and Bill Payne
Performed by Little Feat
Courtesy of Morgan Creek Music Group
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cool movie Bruce!
28 August 2007 | by windypoplarSee all my reviews

Actually watched this on a bus ride home. Found myself entertained for once! Bruce Willis plays good cop Tom Hardy, who's convinced the police killed his dad and framed some poor sap. He opens his big mouth too often and they demote him to river duty! Tom is still on the job and now he's partnered with sexy diver Jo (Sarah Jessica Parker). They keep finding dead women and Tom realizes the killer is toying with him!

Tom and Jo hook up, and I actually found their romance quite charming, has SJP ever been bad in anything? She's a really good actress and looks great in this, and try to actually solve the murders, which angers his uncle, played by the underrated Dennis Farina. Even the chief, a ogre of a cop played by the terrific late character actor Brion James, just wants Tom to stay quiet. His cousin Jimmy, I couldn't believe that was Robert Pastorelli, the guy from "Murphy Brown" he was totally dissolved into the part, just seems like a wise-ass, but watch him.

The film is well paced and nicely shot, I liked that the Ohio river seemed smelly like in real life. Willis actually bothers to act here, though I understand he didn't like the film, and you won't see the killer coming.

Striking Distance is a good action flick, with an excellent cast. Its rated "R" for profanity and violence.


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