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Switchback (1997)

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An FBI agent tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.

Director:

Jeb Stuart

Writer:

Jeb Stuart
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Stedelin ... Missy, the Babysitter
Ian Nelson Ian Nelson ... Andy LaCrosse
Brent Hinkley ... Man on Porch
R. Lee Ermey ... Sheriff Buck Olmstead
Walton Goggins ... Bud (as Walt Goggins)
Ted Levine ... Deputy Nate Booker
Louis Schaefer Louis Schaefer ... Sim
William Fichtner ... Chief Jack McGinnis
Jared Leto ... Lane Dixon
Robert L. Somers Robert L. Somers ... Rancher
Lexie Stuart Lexie Stuart ... Ranchers Daughter
Danny Glover ... Bob Goodall
Ted Markland ... Bartender
Gregory Scott Cummins ... Rick
Tommy Puett Tommy Puett ... Ben
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Storyline

F.B.I. agent Frank LaCrosse returns home to find his home has been broken into, his son is missing and Missy the babysitter is lying in a pool of her own insides. Her murder being the hallmarks of a elusive enigmatic serial killer whose slaughter spree...stretches nearly two years. Frank's desperate pursuit leads to Amarillo, Texas, where two more victims matching the killers M.O. have been found slashed to death. As Frank searches for his suspect the local Sheriff Buck Olmstead and his Deputy Nate Booker investigate the killings in-between a heated election feud, with his competition police chief Jack McGinnis. All the while drifting former doctor Lane Dixon is picked up by ex-railroad man, Bob Goodall. As a local Mechanic, Clyde 'Shorty' Callahan becomes the latest victim. Frank hopes and prays to find this sociopath before he disappears perhaps forever into the rocky mountains Written by Suspicious

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The hunter is tracking the killer. But the killer is setting the trap. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and several views of nude pin-ups | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the beginning of the movie, the killer straightens a picture/painting, and when Dr and Bob are visiting shorty and fixing the Cadillac, Bob is walking around the room looking at photos. Bob straightens a photo, much like the killer. See more »

Goofs

When the Cadillac Eldorado falls to the bottom of the cliff the hood is not connected to the car and falls to the side revealing that the car has no engine. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Missy, the Babysitter: Whoo! There. Your folks are going to be home soon, and they're going to get me if they see you're still up.
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Connections

Remake of Kidnapped (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Titanic
Written by Keith Gattis and Kostas
Performed by Keith Gattis
Courtesy of The RCA Records label of BMG Entertainment
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Worth the LD purchase price, not to mention a $3 rental.
29 May 1999 | by geezer-2See all my reviews

To comment on the actors' roles would be to give away a critical piece of the plot. Suffice it to say that this is an excellent murder mystery with a surprise ending.

Stars Quaid and Glover notwithstanding, R. Lee Ermey actually gives the best performance (as the local sheriff).

Ted Levine must need the work. After Jame Gumb in Silence of the Lambs, his character here seems too milquetoast for him.

Cinematography and sounds are top-notch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zig Zag See more »

Filming Locations:

Redcliff, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,704,568, 2 November 1997

Gross USA:

$6,492,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,492,660
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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