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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A cop on the edge...


Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1984 (Netherlands) 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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Obviously fake lightning flashes twice near the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Uniformed Police Officer: Wes, Beryl Thibodeaux from the rape something or other wants to see you.
Wes Block: Where is she?
Uniformed Police Officer: In the reception room.
Wes Block: Tell her I'm out.
Uniformed Police Officer: I did. She said she'd wait.
Wes Block: Good. Tell her I'm out of town.
[Wes turns around and sees Beryl standing there, she who gives him a sarcastic grin]
Beryl Thibodeaux: Welcome back.
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 16 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Flying Doctors: E.T - New Girl in Town (1986) See more »

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Could have been fascinating...but now it's deadening.
26 October 1999 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

"Tightrope" could have been a fascinating character study. Eastwood plays a somewhat kinky cop who has almost nothing in common with Dirty Harry; he is a much more believable character here, and his performance is superb. Unfortunately, the direction lacks the necessary vigor - it fails to increase the level of tension as it should - and the film becomes more sleepy as it approaches its end. Even with Clint at his best, this film's second half is almost deadening.


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