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1997

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Screenwriter Jeb Stuart (Die Hard) made his directorial debut with this action thriller about a Philadelphia FBI agent who decides to stop tracking an elusive serial killer. However, the agent soon has a powerful incentive to resume the chase: the killer kidnaps his son. The pursuit continues through the American Southwest where some scenes were filmed at an altitude of 10,000 feet in Red Cliff, Colorado. Working titles: Going West in America and Going West.

Cast

Dennis Quaid
as Frank LaCrosse
Danny Glover
as Bob Goodall
Jared Leto
as Lane Dixon
R. Lee Ermey
as Sheriff Buck Olmstead
Ted Levine
as Deputy Nate Booker
William Fichtner
as Chief Jack McGinnis
Julio Oscar Mechoso
as Jorge Martinez
Pat Mahoney
as Highway Patrol Captain
Ted Markland
as Bartender
Claudia Stedelin
as Babysitter
Brent Hinkley
as Man on Porch
Lexie Stuart
as Rancher's Daughter
Ken Thorley
as Morgue Attendant
Dean Hallo
as SWAT Leader
Robert Himber
as Police Captain
Roy Yerby
as Truck Driver
Gil Colon
as Deputy
Kevin Cooney
as Montgomery
Donnie L. Betts
as Patrolman
Stan Parks
as FBI Agent
Ben Fuhrman
as Captain Heber
Leigh Reyburn
as Woman in Bar
Lionel Douglas
as Man in Shower
Paul Parducci
as Man in Shower
Kristin McCloskey
as News Anchor
Keith Hatten
as Brakerman Ray
Silan Smith
as Engineer
James Clark
as Engineer
Christopher Michael
as Colorado Trooper
Robert Peters
as Colorado Trooper
Joe Alphasa
as Small Mexican Man
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Critic Reviews for Switchback

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (17)

Audience Reviews for Switchback

  • Jan 30, 2012
    Unfairly maligned and under appreciated, Swtichback is a very good suspense thriller, and an especially fine entry into the serial killer genre. The film is bolstered by a strong ensemble cast, headlined by Danny Glover, Dennis Quaid, and the underrated R. Lee Ermy. The film itself is smartly written (save for some of the last act), and does an excellent job of creating atmosphere and a sustained sense of tension. 4/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2010
    Scripter Jeb Stuart (Die Hard) made his directorial debut with this thriller about an FBI agent in pursuit of a serial killer. Politically ambitious Amarillo police chief Jack McGinnis (William Fichtner) uses a local murder to gain votes in his campaign, a setback for Sheriff Buck Olmstead (R. Lee Ermey), up for re-election. The situation looks better for Olmstead after FBI agent Frank LaCrosse (Dennis Quaid) arrives to track the killer. LaCrosse has a personal agenda: he's convinced this killer is the man who kidnapped his son. Meanwhile, ex-medical student Lane Dixon (Jared Leto), hitchhiking across New Mexico, gets a lift from friendly Bob Goodall (Danny Glover), a former rail worker who later rescues Dixon from menacing miners in a bar. Red herrings throughout conceal the true identity of the killer. Some scenes were filmed at an altitude of 10,000 feet in Red Cliff, Colorado. Working titles include: Going West in America, Going West. Shown at the 1997 Denver Film Festival.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2009
    The hunter became the hunted.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2008
    This was good. I enjoyed it. Adventure, action 'mystery' & more.

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