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Switchback (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.more
Rating: R (violence, language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jeb Stuart
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 1, 1998
Runtime:
Paramount Home Video

Cast

Dennis Quaid
as Frank LaCrosse
Danny Glover
as Bob Goodall
Jared Leto
as Lane Dixon
R. Lee Ermey
as Sheriff Buck Olmstea...
Ted Levine
as Deputy Nate Booker
William Fichtner
as Chief Jack McGinnis
Julio Oscar Mechoso
as Jorge Martinez
Pat Mahoney
as Highway Patrol Capta...
Ted Markland
as Bartender
Claudia Stedelin
as Babysitter
Ian Nelson
as Andy LaCrosse
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 (37) | Top Critics (10)

Quaid is a one-note sadsack here and no natural action hero.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

A superb, underrated drama

December 7, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for Switchback

The hunter became the hunted.

ScoopOnline
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

½

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There are many things said in the world that really ought to have been said by somebody else. Meaning is twisted when I discover from whose mouth a particular phrase was hatched, for better or worse. Some words are so alive and wise, almost a separate entity now that they have been spoken or written. The person automatically becomes different, either qualifying for an upgrade or downgrade in intelligent perception. And either these words and its sayer are frolicking in harmony with each other, or they diametrically oppose and form a paradox of meaning. Basically, a 'what the hell' person. "You just don't know enough about these people to assume their actions and words do not align with their selves." Horsefeathers. What kind of logic is that anyway? What part of "I just know, okay?" do you not understand? ...I'm talking to a quoted phrase. Yeah, it's late. But one thing remains the same: some people do not deserve the words they say. Like Shakespeare. When I found out that "You offend your lungs for speaking so loud" was originally said by that dude over 400 years ago, I was devastated. My 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Seanor, owned that verse up until "Mr. History Book" freakin' waltzed right onto the scene, dispensing 'facts' like a drug dealer on a schoolyard and blowing kiddies' minds with The Truth. Felt like my lungs were offended via punching. Well, not really. I just wanted to include a lung-punching in this bloodless entry for some reason. *gash*

But I have a solution to these apparent contradictions. The who's and the what's need to take opposing sides, like a game of Red Rover, and I should decide who gets to do and say what with neat little lines drawn connecting it all. Completely, utterly reasonable. It will make perfect sense when connected. A sublime, heavenly, 100 per cent non-perishable kind of perfect sense. "Well 'perfect sense' is highly subjective, and is something hardly perceivable by individuals greatly lacking in it." What is this, a consensus? Stupid double-quoted counterpoints. But since I'm only part-jerk, I shall suffer minor internal conflict and illustrate for you examples of what anybody considers 'perfect sense' (an original phrase by me), and ye all shall understand more clearly when I can organize these concepts, shuffle history and collective personality up a bit, and re-deal a new more sensible existence. Right, so..."perfect sense":
giraffes
entropy
pop rocks
tesseracts
"Twin Peaks"
fractals
Michael Jackson
avante garde
women
poop
life
writing while half asleep (now)
writing while full asleep (soon)
this entry (by association)
...


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Perfection. Right there, baby. Okay, so...click it. Come on, click! I know you smell what I smell, too. A good kinda smell, one that twirls your nose hairs in loops and your mind in a bowtie when you sniff it. And it's not that dog fart. It's a smell of ancient time...and of fresh margarita! Come on in, it's my 20,000th post party! And it smells!

neumdaddy
Neum Daddy

Super Reviewer

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 Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

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