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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.

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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
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 (25) | Top Critics (6)

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

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

A superb, underrated drama

December 7, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

High-class thriller, with a superb turn by Quaid

March 11, 2006

A well-done suspense-thriller...Has modest aspirations, but meets them admirably.

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

The striking American West setting enlivens this efficient, rote thriller.

October 14, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Switchback plays as entertaining, if not quite classic, dramatic fare.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Switchback

Predictable plot, little action. The style of the movie is typical of 1990s fiction. Nonetheless, the buildup of suspense does pay off in the end.

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

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

The hunter became the hunted.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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