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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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They shouldn't have put him in the water, if they didn't want him to make waves. 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Following the negative test screening, re-shoots and re-edits to make the film focus more on action, plus a new ending was also filmed, because test audience hated the original. See more »

Goofs

When Tom chases the witness to the Polish Hill murders and tackles him to the ground, Tom's gun switches from the left side of the escapee's face to the right side, and then back to the left. 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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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

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Written by Bob Seger
Performed by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Cema Special Markets
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Nice and suspenseful
16 August 1999 | by millennia-2See all my reviews

I caught this one on TV at about midnight, and I wasn't planning to see more than five minutes of it. I did (why would I write this comment if I didn't) and it kept my interest through the whole film. Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker were excellent together and the supporting cast was also outstanding.

Director Rowdy Herrington also brought us the awful A Murder of Crows (1999), but he didn't ruin this one, even if it did get a little far-fetched in places. An interesting plot line, and Willis is believable in his role.

+ (GOOD THINGS) 1.) Direction 2.) Chemistry between Willis and Parker 3.) Ending (unlike everyone else, I didn't see it coming) 4.) Length 5.) The score 6.) John Mahoney's performance

  • (BAD THINGS) 1.) Believability 2.) The script (uneven in places)


TOTAL: 7/10


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