Tightrope

1984

Tightrope

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85%

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Total Count: 13

50%

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User Ratings: 7,650
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Movie Info

Clint Eastwood plays a New Orleans detective determined to track down a serial killer of prostitutes. Complicating matters is the fact that the unknown culprit is very likely an S&M fetishist....and so is Eastwood. The detective is profoundly disturbed at the likelihood that he and the killer have the same taste in women; this element of the case is equally troublesome for psychologist Genevieve Bujold, who finds herself attracted to Eastwood. The climax involves the killer's attempting to throw Eastwood off the track by kidnapping one of the detective's two daughters (played quite well by Clint's real-life daughter Alison).

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Cast

Clint Eastwood
as Det. Wes Block
Geneviève Bujold
as Beryl Thibodeaux
Dan Hedaya
as Det. Molinari
Alison Eastwood
as Amanda Block
Jennifer Rae Beck
as Penny Block
Marco St. John
as Leander Rolfe
Rebecca Perle
as Becky Jacklin
Randi Brooks
as Jamie Cory
Jamie Rose
as Melanie Silber
Margaret Howell
as Judy Harper
Rebecca Clemons
as Girl with Whip
Janet MacLachlan
as Dr. Yarlofsky
Bill Holliday
as Police Chief
John Wilmot
as Medical Examiner
Margie O'Dair
as Mrs. Holstein
Joy N. Houck Jr
as Swap Meet Owner
Stuart Baker-Bergen
as Blond Surfer
Robert Harvey
as Lonesome Alice
Ron Gural
as Coroner Dudley
Layton Martens
as Sgt. Surtees
Richard Boyle
as Dr. Fitzpatrick
Valerie Thibodeaux
as Black Hooker
Lionel Ferbos
as Plainclothes Gus
Eliott Keener
as Sandoval
Don K. Lutenbacher
as Dixie President
George Wood
as Conventioneer
Glenda Byars
as Lucy Davis
John Schluter
as Piazza Cop
Nick Krieger
as Rannigan
Lloyd Nelson
as Patrolman Restic
David Dahlgren
as Patrolman Julio
Rod Masterson
as Patrolman Gallo
Glenn Wright
as Patrolman Redfish
Angela Hill
as Woman Reporter
Ted Saari
as TV News Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Tightrope

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Audience Reviews for Tightrope

  • Nov 17, 2012
    A dark, stylish, unique and chilling film noir at it`s best. A taunt, well-crafted and superb mystery thriller that takes back to the old school cop films of the 40`s and 50`s. A gripping, disturbingly compelling and first-rate edge of your seat thriller. Clint Eastwood gives one of his finest performances ever.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2010
    Watching this flick was a tightrope experience in itself!!!
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2010
    A riveting suspense thriller about a New Orleans homicide detective named Wes Block, played by Clint Eastwood in a remarkable performance who goes off the sexual deep end when is wife leaves him, as he explores the darker side of sexuality, at same time a sadistic serial killer is terrorizing the city with string of sex murders, Eastwood finds he has much common with the psychotic he is pursuing, two men on opposing sides of the law with the same taste in sleaze sex. Expert supporting performances from Genevieve Bujold, Dan Hedaya, Jenny Beck, and Alison Eastwood. A well-crafted, exciting thriller that is brilliantly written and directed by Eastwood's protegee Richard Tuggle. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2010
    Clint Eastwood plays a New Orleans detective determined to track down a serial killer of prostitutes. Complicating matters is the fact that the unknown culprit is very likely an S&M fetishist....and so is Eastwood. The detective is profoundly disturbed at the likelihood that he and the killer have the same taste in women; this element of the case is equally troublesome for psychologist Genevieve Bujold, who finds herself attracted to Eastwood. The climax involves the killer's attempting to throw Eastwood off the track by kidnapping one of the detective's two daughters (played quite well by Clint's real-life daughter Alison). Despite its reliance on bloodletting, particularly in the final scenes, Tightrope is most effective when probing the hangups and vulnerabilities of Clint Eastwood's character.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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