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Tightrope (Snap Case) (1984)

Clint Eastwood , Geneviève Bujold , Richard Tuggle  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold, Dan Hedaya, Alison Eastwood, Jenny Beck
  • Directors: Richard Tuggle
  • Writers: Richard Tuggle
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Fritz Manes
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese Chinese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009N83W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,697 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tightrope (Snap Case)" on IMDb

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A police inspector, investigating a string of sex crimes, succumbsto the wiles of some of the prostitues he questions. He finds that he has much in common with the murderer he's pursuing.

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Menacing, and Ambiguous March 5, 2004
To me, this film is even more impressive today than it was when I first saw it. Frankly, when seeing it 20 years ago, I was thrown off-balance by the character whom Eastwood plays, Wes Block, a police detective in New Orleans. He pursues a serial killer of prostitutes, a psychopath with whom he seems to share similar psycho-sexual preoccupations. Presumably this was a risky part for Eastwood to take on. Under skillful but deferential direction by Richard Tuggle, he explores with great skill certain depraved tendencies within himself which were much more shocking in 1984 than they seem to be, regrettably, two decades later. Block's personal situation is complicated even more by the fact that he a single parent, raising two daughters. It is also important to remember that his personal conduct creates the risk of compromising his professional integrity as a law enforcement officer. For these and other reasons, Block is a much more enigmatic character than, for example, Harry ("what you see is what you get") Callahan.

In the role of Beryl Thibodeaux, Genevieve Bujold portrays a criminal psychologist who is attracted to Block as they work together even as she begins to sense and then contend with at least some of the demons which torment him. So much of this film occurs (both literally and symbolically) in darkness. Even a trained professional such as Thibodeaux is frustrated in her attempts to understand someone for whom she feels sincere affection. Special credit should be given to Bruce Surtees for superb cinematography which is coordinated seamlessly with the often depressing storyline. He had worked with Eastwood in previous films which include Dirty Harry (1971), Play Misty for Me (also 1971), Pale Rider (1975), and The Outlaw Josie Wales (1976).
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, underrated Eastwood masterpiece May 18, 2005
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This Eastwood film portrays a much darker view of life than previous Eastwood efforts. A very suspenseful and gripping film. In it, Eastwood plays Detective Wes Block. Block is pursuing a serial killer who is murdering prostitutes in the seedy underside of New Orleans. Block finds himself strangely drawn into this underworld and walking the "tightrope" between right and wrong, good and evil, as he balances his search for the killer. Meanwhile, his behavior eerily shadows the killer's deviant pursuits quite often leaving the viewer gasping in shock.

In the role of a rape counselor is Genevieve Bujold, as Beryl Thibodeaux. An excellent counterbalance to Block, she plays on the tightrope, too. We watch as his tendency towards the lurid develops, yet her job is one of comforter and defender of those who are victems of violence and also to prevent violence against women. Their attraction creates an interesting tension during the film.

Another interesting feature of "Tightrope" is how it shows the difficulty Wes Block faces raising two daughters as a single father, especially given the nature of his job. Eastwood's real-life daughter, Alison, plays one of the daughters in this film. Without giving away too much of the plot, I should say that mentally and physically there is some threat to the family.

Overall, I would say that this film is one of Eastwood's best efforts, although it has been somewhat overlooked. For true Eastwood fans, I feel it is truly worth watching. Highest ratings.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Anybody who thinks Clint Eastwood gave his finest acting performances in "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby" should see this film, released in 1984. At the time, his acting talent was not as respected as it is now, which is why I think this film did not get the critical acclaim it should have.

Clint gives a flat out amazing performance as a police officer investigating the murder of prostitutes in red light new orleans while also exploring his own disturbing appetites for kinky sex.

The film is deceptive. It starts out as what seems to be a typical cop thriller but quickly evolves into something much deeper and multilayered. Clint shows an emotional complexity all the more extraordinary because of its subtlety. It should have easily been his first acting oscar nod.

Also worth noting is that this is one of the best films ever filmed in New Orleans. It excellently captures the unique flavor and ambience of the city. (something all the more precious in this post katrina era)

Alison Eastwood , clint's real life daughter, also gives an amazing performance for a child actor. She should have been awarded more plum parts during that period of her life because of it. It was easily jodie foster- dakota fanning level.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Eastwood's 10 Best Films!!! July 1, 1999
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Tightrope is probably the most unusual Clint Eastwood film. But its also a brilliant film in dealing with his characters dark side and similarities with the killer. I also think that Alison Eastwood, Clint's real life daughter, gives a great performance. It's not annoying or badly done like some child actors would do. But be warned that Tightrope is extremely sexually explicit and very violent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of Eastwood's Darker Films.....And A Good One! April 22, 2006
Here is a very, very tense thriller about a New Orleans cop (Clint Eastwood) finding a serial killer.....and vice-versa.

This is a very dark (literally) film with a big film-noir look and feel. Neo-noir, I guess, is what they call post-1950 gritty crime films like these.

Eastwood's character in "Tightrope" is a complex one. On one hand, he's a wonderfully loving father of two sweet girls (one played by his actual daughter, and played well), and yet he is a weak man when it comes to prostitutes. But, whatever side he shows - light or dark - he's interesting, as always. So is the female star of this movie, Genevieve Bujold, a woman with a very intriguing face and just a trace of her French accent. Dan Heyada contributes strongly in a low- key performance.

Yes, this film is a bit too much on the seedy side for my normal tastes, definitely sordid, but very well done. It's a story that grabs you early and locks you in all the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meaningful Drama
Clint Eastwood always appears in movies with a lot of excitement, mystery, and drama. There is always a meaningful message.
Published 1 month ago by Patsy S. Usher
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint in a different kind of role.
It was made in my city New Orleans. Also it's Clint eastwood acting like I've never seen him before. Good action.
Published 2 months ago by Mr Cajun
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 20 stars if I could
It's got everything I love in a movie, great story, great cast, and great excitement. I can watch it over and over and not get bored.
Published 2 months ago by Geradine Dinardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
I enjoyed watching this movie, and I would recommend it to a mature audience. I will add this to my collection of Eastwood movies for viewing again. Thanks, Bobby J.
Published 2 months ago by Bobby J. Dillard
4.0 out of 5 stars Kinky Investigation
"Lured by the promise of kinky sex, two men prowl the French Quarter. One is a cop. The other is a killer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Taheen Lopez
2.0 out of 5 stars Grim
A rather grim story which tries to show the ways the detective (Eastwood) is like the criminal he is pursuing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Fay
3.0 out of 5 stars A different type of Eastwood movie
Worth seeing but unlike any other film he has done! Clint has surprised us with his wide assortment of roles & THEMES
Published 4 months ago by P. Strickler
5.0 out of 5 stars We have a lot of Clint Eastwood movies and this will be Great to add...
We are a big Clint Eastwood fan! Lots of action, some humor, but not recommended for the younger viewer, in my opinion. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Evelyn Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Clint Eastwood fans
My personal opinion is that this is one of his best. Full of action and suspense. You'll not be dissapointed watching.
Published 5 months ago by Jerry
2.0 out of 5 stars interesting as a psychological study, but the continuous sequence of...
This could have been an awesome Clint Eastwood film—if it had some subtlety in the plot. I'm not sure if I quit watching after the fifth murder or the sixth. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. Mumford
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What is the name of the song at the very beginning of "Tightrope" movie?
check out "Clint Eastwood Movie Themes" Tightrope is performed by Paul Brooks.
check out "Music For The Movies of Clint Eastwood" this one has Amanda's Theme.
If you like Tightrope you'll recognize this song.
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