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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Bruce Willis at the peak of his action hero form playing a cynical hard-boiled cop trying to fight the system. A pre-Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker at the peak of her cuteness. Great character actors like Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore, Brion James, John Mahoney, and Andre Braugher. Superb on location cinematography shot by Mac Ahlberg in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a cool genre score by Brad Fiedel (love that saxaphone love theme) and on the mark (and wonderfully over the top) direction by Rowdy Herington of Road House fame. Striking Distance is a nice little hard boiled action gem that seems to be slowly gaining a nice little cult following. For fans of 80's and 90's action films, this is a movie worth seeking out.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
I was really surprised by the number of negative reviews of this movie. Granted, STRIKING DISTANCE, is not one of Bruce's best films, but I found it to be solidly entertaining, cliches and all. And I think it had some very good twists that I didn't see coming. I found the whole cast, (even (...)Sarah Jessica Parker) to be commendable in their roles. Special kudos to Robert Pastorelli, Dennis Farina and Tom Sizemore. I wanted to be entertained and STRIKING DISTANCE certainly filled the bill for me!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2000
Bruce Willis is Pittsburgh cop Thomas Hardy, a former homicide detective who believes his cousin is in the center of the case he is investigating. When Hardy and his sexy new river patrol partner (Sarah Jessica Parker) discover a series of women floating dead in the Ohio River, Hardy begins to believe his cousin, an ex-police officer, is the serial killer, and the whole story goes back to his mysterious family past... Directed by Rowdy Herrington. Pretty good movie, but Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and other movies like that beat this. Worth seeing (!).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2010
"Striking Distance" is one of Bruce Willis' very best cop movies. In this picture he plays a 5th generation Pittsburgh cop who is demoted to water patrol (or as Tom Hardy calls it in the movie "water dog") after initiating an investigation into police brutality. I enjoyed this movie very much because Bruce was thrilling and exciting and the entire story is very fast-paced with many twists and turns. "Striking Distance" is both an action movie as well as a high-impact thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. This is the ultimate game of cat and mouse but as any Bruce Willis fan knows very well, this man doesn't play well with others. I can't tell you what happens but I can tell you that if you enjoyed Bruce Willis before you will like him even more after you watch this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2001
Not great "literaure," as it were, but an engaging action yarn as entertainment. Good, complex and well executed vehicle chases. Restrained murder violence, which is more suggested than seen (good, in my book). A rather captivating leading lady (Sarah Jessica Parker). Some good character acting, e.g. the byplay between Willis and his policeman father at the beginning of the film before Dad gets offed. Much location shooting in Pittsburgh, you really get a sense of those rivers.
Hey, it's only an entertainment. I didn't go to sleep during this one. Nil extras on the DVD, though, only a trailer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2005
This is a great movie, there is nothing you can not like in this movie.

Bruce willis as well as the rest of the cast did a good job in this movie with very good acting, the plot is also entertaining with some twists in it, the whole thing about how all the family members of Bruce are cops is just cool, reminded me a little of cop land (town of cops), but this movie is even better than cop land.

Tom sizemore performance was also noticable, even Sarah jessica parker was good here.

currently, i only own a VHS copy of the movie, but if any one have not seen it yet, my advice is to buy the DVD because this movie is worth it and is FULLY ENTERTAINING !
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 18, 2007
There are two mysteries to "Striking Distance" (1993) which drive this movie and provide the character motivation; as things build toward a climax (and only ten minutes remain to wrap everything up) you know that two has to be one-that the same thing will be the answer to both questions because not enough time remains to untangle two "different" sets of misdirection.

Of course first-time viewers applying first-class logical reasoning skills will never guess the answer, because someone (presumably the writers) cheats at the end and introduces the deus ex machina device. Dating back to Greek tragedy, deus ex machina is when an artificial character is suddenly introduced to untangle a hopelessly contrived plot. Looking back for clues to the involvement of this character you realize that there are none and that the writers have intentionally kept the audience ignorant, a cheap way to surprise the viewer, the drawback being that the technique makes it impossible to inject even the tiniest bit of suspense into the viewing process. What clues there are were inserted just to jerk the viewer around.

They cheat again with another of those stupid villain resurrection fight sequences at the very end. You know this tired stuff, show evidence that the villain could not possibly have escaped then have him Jason-like magically surface alive and kicking. The sad part being that it doesn't work (which must have been obvious during the editing process), it is totally unnecessary, and it could have been seamlessly trimmed out during post-production. Lose those moronic 20 seconds and you could add about 10 IQ points to the target audience.

That said, it is otherwise an entertaining film. Bruce Willis plays a trouble-making Pittsburgh cop named Hardy and.... big surprise.... he's unpopular with the department brass. He is demoted and paired with Sarah Jessica Parker patrolling the three rivers for the River Rescue Squad. Their romance is predictable but the chemistry is good and the relationship has a nice low-key charm. The river patrol provides an opportunity to stage some nice 1940's style action and chase scenes. Hardy is very easy to identify with so you can get a nice vicarious rush from his point-of-view.

Hardy is unpopular because he testified against his first partner in a police brutality case, because he insists that a serial killer is still at large, and that only someone on the force could be the serial killer. So mystery #1 is the identity of the serial killer. Mystery #2 is who killed Hardy's father (a police Captain) about the same time as the first round of serial killings. . His uncle (Dennis Farina) is on the force, and at one time so were two of his uncle's sons, Hardy's cousins and childhood friends. Not much is revealed about them because doing so would require a much more intelligent screenplay. One seems to be a violent nut case so you know he could not possibly be involved in the killings.

Roger Ebert summed it all up nicely in a template: "A rebel cop stirs up trouble and is disciplined, but determines to stay on the trail of a serial killer, while meanwhile he is assigned a partner that first he hates and then he likes, while the killer cleverly tries to frame him. Add several chase scenes and a deadly confrontation in which all of the key characters magically congregate at the same time."

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This movie follows one of the typical cop movie plots -- discgraced cop being tormented, The setting is not the typical Chicago or Los Angeles, rather it follows Bruce Willis as a river cop in Pittsburgh. The plot is not very deep and if you think about things too hard you may be unhappy. The movie does provide plenty of good exciting entertainment with plenty of cool Bruce Willis "looks". Sarah Jessica Parker does a great job playing his unwanted partner (another standard cop movie cliche) too.
I thought the ending dragged on a bit long, but overall it was very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In Sept. 1993, a suspenseful thriller starring action star Bruce Willis ("Die Hard", "The Fifth Element", "The Sixth Sense) and actress Sarah Jessica Parker ("Sex and the City", "Ed Wood", "L.A. Story") was released in theaters.

The film was directed by Rowdy Herrington ("Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius" and "The Stickup") and a screenplay co-written by Herrington and Marty Kaplan ("Max Q" and "The Distinguished Gentleman"). The film would feature music by Brad Fiedel ("Johnny Mnemonic", "Timecop" and "True Lies") and cinematographer Mac Ahlberg ("Good Burger", "Ragdoll", "The Brady Bunch Movie" and "Beverly Hills Cop III").

VIDEO & AUDIO:

For a film released in 1993, I'm going to be truthful, I was expecting a film that was going to be heavily DNR'd (Digital Noise Reduction) and look soft with less detail. This was not the case, "STRIKING DISTANCE" which received its first 1080p High Definition transfer (1:85:1 aspect ratio) looks absolutely beautiful on Blu-ray. Outdoor scenes with sunlight and multiple colors look vibrant, you can see skin tones quite well, blacks are nice and deep and blues are nice and beautiful. Also, grain is present and captures that film-like quality.

Equally impressive was the audio soundtrack for the film. The film is presented in English, French and Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (and Spanish 5.1) and from the opening scenes, there is good use of the rear surrounds during the car chase scene and also gun shots. In fact, some scenes I detected usage of LFE which was nice.

Is it as immersive as today's modern action films? The answer is no. But considering the age of the film, I was happy to hear a nice clean dialogue but also special effects coming nice and clear through the front channels and my surrounds.

Subtitles are presented in English, English SDH, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

There are no special features but trailers for upcoming Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases. The Blu-ray disc is BD-Live Enabled.

JUDGMENT CALL:

"STRIKING DISTANCE" was an enjoyable, suspenseful thriller. Back in 1993, Bruce Willis who had such a wonderful rise to fame with both "Die Hard" films returned with several action films that people either loved or hated. From "Hudson Hawk", "The Last Boyscout" and even his lighthearted roles as the voice for films such as "Look Who's Talking" and his role as David Addison on the popular TV show "Moonlighting" was still fresh on the minds of many people who enjoyed his work.

Personally, I felt that Bruce Willis is an "everyman", an actor who can play a variety of roles in his career (which he has demonstrated quite well in the last 25 years) but around that time, many people were basing everything that he did and comparing it with "Die Hard".

"STRIKING DISTANCE" is no die hard. Bruce Willis may be playing a cop and he may go a bit gung ho at times but his character as Tom Hardy is scarred. From the death of his father and women he was romantically with, having to wear a brace on his leg and so he is not exactly mobile. The character is flawed but for me, that's what made his character so appealing.

Sarah Jessica Parker (many years before "Sex and the City" made her a huge star) was an actress that caught our attention in the 1991 romantic comedy "L.A. Story" but previous to that, most of us connected through Parker from her role in the 80's show "Square Pegs", so to see her in an action film and being the main love interest opposite to Bruce Willis was quite interesting. And she provides that necessary balance between her character and Willis's character of Tom Hardy.

The film is a fun popcorn flick and it does have its farfetched moments. But I watched the film having low expectations (considering many critics did n0t enjoy it) and by the end of the film, actually enjoying it. In fact, there were times that I felt the film was becoming too predictable. Actually, in the first half hour, I felt I figured out the film but it was nice to see how the writers played with the storyline and gave us a pretty interesting and surprising reveal of the killer's identity at the end.

"STRIKING DISTANCE" also has the benefit of receiving a pretty good transfer from Sony but again, another classic release that is barebones with no commentary or special features whatsoever. Not even the film's trailer is included.

In the end, for those who enjoyed the film and own it on DVD, the double dip is worth it if you are wanting it for the improved picture and audio quality. For those not familiar with the film and are wondering if it's an action film they can enjoy, it's worth checking out.

Overall, "STRIKING DISTANCE" is not the best suspenseful, thriller and by no means does it match the action of a "Die Hard" film but it does have an intriguing, suspenseful storyline with a surprising reveal at the end.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2004
This is a big dumb action thriller, and I mean that in the best possible way. Sure, it's not Die Hard... However I don't think it's fair to compare every Bruce Willis movie to one of the greatest action movies ever made. It has more than it's fair share of excitement and the plot has enough twists and turns to keep me occupied. The opening car chase is top notch. There are quite a few excellent character actors who turn in great performances here... Look for Tom Sizemore, Robert Pastorelli, Andre Braugher, and Timothy Busfield (as well as his spindly little girl legs). It's not going to change the world. It's not going to make you forget Die Hard. It's a fun thriller... especially with a couple friends, some popcorn, and a few beers. Worth a rental!
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