6.3/10
14,537
79 user 48 critic

Tightrope (1984)

New Orleans single dad and cop Wes Block (Clint Eastwood) goes after a serial rapist-killer, but when he gets too close to the target, the hunter suddenly becomes the hunted.

Director:

Richard Tuggle

Writer:

Richard Tuggle (screenplay)
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Gauntlet (1977)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle
Sudden Impact (1983)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A trucker turned prize fighter, his brother and their pet orangutan have a series of misadventures involving the mob, corrupt cops, motorcycle gangs and pretty dames.

Director: Buddy Van Horn
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis
Firefox (1982)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A pilot is sent into the Soviet Union on a mission to steal a prototype jet fighter that can be partially controlled by a neuralink.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Freddie Jones, David Huffman
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The San Fernando Valley adventures of trucker turned prize-fighter Philo Beddoe (Clint Eastwood) and his pet orangutan Clyde (Manis the Orangutan).

Director: James Fargo
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis
Honkytonk Man (1982)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A boy with music talent goes on the journey with his uncle for a stage concert.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood, John McIntire
The Enforcer (1976)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with female partner Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly), with whom he's not too excited to be working.

Director: James Fargo
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Harry Guardino
The Dead Pool (1988)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target.

Director: Buddy Van Horn
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Liam Neeson, Patricia Clarkson
The Rookie (1990)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A veteran detective gets stuck with a rookie cop when in pursuit of a German crook.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, Charlotte Cornwell
City Heat (1984)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Slick Private Investigator Mike Murphy (Burt Reynolds) and tough Police Lieutenant Speer (Clint Eastwood), once partners, now bitter enemies, reluctantly team up to investigate a murder.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Jane Alexander
Bronco Billy (1980)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An idealistic, modern-day cowboy struggles to keep his Wild West show afloat in the face of hard luck and waning interest.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Wes Block
Geneviève Bujold ... Beryl Thibodeaux
Dan Hedaya ... Det. Molinari
Alison Eastwood ... Amanda Block
Jenny Beck ... Penny Block (as Jennifer Beck)
Marco St. John ... Leander Rolfe
Rebecca Perle ... Becky Jacklin
Regina Richardson Regina Richardson ... Sarita
Randi Brooks ... Jamie Cory
Jamie Rose ... Melanie Silber
Margaret Howell Margaret Howell ... Judy Harper
Rebecca Clemons Rebecca Clemons ... Girl with Whip
Janet MacLachlan ... Dr. Yarlofsky
Graham Paul Graham Paul ... Luther
Bill Holliday Bill Holliday ... Police Chief
Edit

Storyline

Wes Block (Clint Eastwood) is a detective who's put on the case of a serial killer whose victims are young and pretty women, that he rapes and murders. The killings are getting personal when the killer chooses victims who are acquaintances of Block. Even his daughters are threatened. Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A cop on the edge...


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Wolf hetzt die Meute See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,156,545, 19 August 1984

Gross USA:

$48,143,579

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,143,579
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

As well as this movie, Writer and Director Richard Tuggle previously wrote another Clint Eastwood movie, Escape from Alcatraz (1979). See more »

Goofs

Obviously fake lightning flashes twice near the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Beryl Thibodeaux: Do you investigate many sexual crimes?
Wes Block: Why?
Beryl Thibodeaux: I was wondering if they've had any... effect on you.
Wes Block: Well, they did make me want to treat my wife a little more tenderly.
Beryl Thibodeaux: How did she respond?
Wes Block: She said she wasn't interested in tenderness.
See more »

Alternate Versions

ABC edited 16 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Clint Eastwood: The Man from Malpaso (1994) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"There's a darkness inside all of us ..."
8 January 2005 | by callahan2211See all my reviews

I truly consider Tightrope to be by far one of Eastwood's best acting performances. He definitely DID deserve, that year, at least an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. And don't be mistaken, Wes Block has nothing to do with Dirty Harry ... true, these two cops both have their "dark side" -an aspect that Eastwood has learned to exploit in a number of his pictures, BUT Wes Block appears to be much more "human" than Harry. This single father is struggling with his own demons, persuaded that until now he has screwed up about everything in his life, beginning with his marriage ... he's trying real hard to be a good father, as well as a good cop, that is until this killer comes along and threatens all he's been fighting for to preserve.

Here we get to know a guy who's extremely vulnerable, hurt, un-self confident, haunted and whose relationship with women remains ambiguous, based on control, kind of as if he was afraid of them, of what they could do to him, seeing them as a threat ... hence his resort to the services of prostitutes and his use of handcuffs on them.

As usual in Eastwood's movies, we wanna know what's underneath this front his characters put on ... -like in Pale Rider, Josey Wales, The Bridges of Madison County ... the silences, the puzzling, haunting, deep looks, that tell us far more about a character than any word would. "Less is more" is definitely a guideline of this movie. Most of the time, Eastwood's characters reveal themselves through their silences, and it's particularly true here.

I believe there's a line in Tightrope that sums up pretty accurately what Eastwood's movies are really about: "I'm not sure how close I wanna get ..." They're about very private men struggling with life.

This movie is simply one of his best.


31 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 79 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed