Movie Mini-Review: Tightrope (1984)


Clint Eastwood plays a New Orleans detective teamed with a rape counselor played by Genevieve Bujold (Dead Ringers, Coma) to track a murderer whose spree starts hitting closer and closer to home. Eastwood’s performance is more grounded than his more famous ‘man with no name’ portrayals. I’m not saying he deserved an Oscar, but he definitely branched out as an actor with Tightrope.  Unfortunately, this is a largely paint-by-numbers serial killer movie, full of all the old cliches — like the closeups of the killer’s feet, the old ‘close the refrigerator door to reveal the killer’ gag, and bare breasts galore. The best parts of the film are Eastwood’s scenes with the two girls playing his daughters. (“Daddy, what’s a hard-on?” is a nice moment.) In sum, Eastwood delivers, but in a movie that is somewhat unworthy. Look for Dan Hedaya in a supporting role.

Rating: 2.5/5 ★★½☆☆ 


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Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (

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