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"The hunter becomes the hunted."

R 1997-10-31 Thriller 1hr 58m

After FBI agent Frank Lacrosse believes his son was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer, he travels to Amarillo, Texas, where he believes the murderer is in hiding. Although officially taken off the case because of its personal significance to him, Frank continues to pursue the killer, causing concern for local sheriff Buck Olmstead. When another victim pops up at a nearby car garage, Frank knows that he is as close as he'll ever be to tracking down the elusive killer.

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Storyline

After FBI agent Frank Lacrosse believes his son was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer, he travels to Amarillo, Texas, where he believes the murderer is in hiding. Although officially taken off the case because of its personal significance to him, Frank continues to pursue the killer, causing concern for local sheriff Buck Olmstead. When another victim pops up at a nearby car garage, Frank knows that he is as close as he'll ever be to tracking down the elusive killer.

  • Released
    1997-10-31
  • Revenue
    $6,482,195
  • Budget
    $37,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 58m
  • Genre
    Thriller, Mystery
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    6.4
  • Production
    Rysher Entertainment, Pacific Western, Paramount

Crew

Jeb Stuart
Director
Jeb Stuart
Screenplay
Gale Anne Hurd
Producer

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Cast

Dennis Quaid

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FBI Special Agent Frank LaCrosse
Danny Glover

Danny Glover

Bob Goodall
R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey

Sheriff Buck Olmstead
Jared Leto

Jared Leto

Lane Dixon
Ted Levine

Ted Levine

Deputy Nate Booker
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Walton Goggins

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Bud (Deputy)
Kevin Cooney

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FBI SAC Grant Montgomery
Leo Burmester

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Clyde 'Shorty' Callahan
Merle Kennedy

Merle Kennedy

Betty (Store Clerk)
Julio Oscar Mechoso

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Atty. Jorge Martinez
Orville Stoeber

Orville Stoeber

Hector Saldez
Claudia Stedelin

Claudia Stedelin

Babysitter (Missy)
Ian Nelson

Ian Nelson

Andy LaCrosse
Brent Hinkley

Brent Hinkley

Man on Porch ('Tom Billingham')
Lexie Stuart

Lexie Stuart

Rancher's Daughter
Ted Markland

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Gregory Scott Cummins

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Luke [Miner's Bar]
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Donnie L. Betts

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Patrolman (John)
Stan Parks

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FBI Agent
Ben Fuhrman

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Captain Heber
Lois Hicks

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Ruth [Motel]
Gary Giem

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Reviews for Switchback
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A Review by John Chard 5

Written by John Chard on 2017-02-04

Cause he told the truth, and once you've heard the truth, everything else is just cheap whiskey. Switchback is written and directed by Je... read more

Cause he told the truth, and once you've heard the truth, everything else is just cheap whiskey. Switchback is written and directed by Jeb Stuart. It stars Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ted Levine and William Fitchner. Music is by Basil Poledouris and cinematography by Oliver Wood. FBI agent Frank LaCrosse (Quaid) is tracking a serial killer who he believes kidnapped his young son. Switchback is a standard serial killer based thriller that flopped at the box office. It's not a bad film but it never delivers on its potential. The location travelogue of the story is most impressive, especially the last third once we get to the snowy mountains of Colorado, but it's the scenery that grips and holds the attention more than the plot. The red herrings have interest value enough for us to stay with what is at just under two hours a long film, but resolutions are either anti climatic or too obvious. Cast are a mixed bag, with Quaid just okay as the perpetually bleak protag and Glover sadly winding out as miscast once film shows its hands. Thankfully Leto and Ermey are on hand to keep a rein on things, playing the intended thriller tone just right as per their respective characters. It's perhaps unlucky to have followed far superior/intelligent serial killer based thrillers, rendering it then and now as weak offerings. It's not the dead on stinker the box office suggests, and trimmed of 20 minutes it would have been a decent time waster, but as it is it plays out as unoriginal and lacking in directorial focus. 5/10

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A Review by John Chard

Cause he told the truth, and once you've heard the truth, everything else is just cheap whiskey. Switchback is written and directed by Jeb Stuart. It stars Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ted Levine and William Fitc...

reviewer avatar

A Review by John Chard 5

Written by John Chard on 2017-02-04

Cause he told the truth, and once you've heard the truth, everything else is just cheap whiskey. Switchback is written and directed by Jeb Stuart. It stars Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Jared Leto, R...

read more