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5.0 out of 5 stars Kinky,Kinky, Kinky Clint...
Man, what can be said about a southern detective walking the thin line between deviance and virtue, honor and sluttiness, father and "Whose your Daddy?", well, Clint does it well.
Great story of Clint as a detective hot on the trail of a killer who may be hot on Clint's trail. Some great one-liners, plenty o' nakedness, action, and cute kids. This movie...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Eastwood
This is a very interesting film. What makes it even more interesting is that Clint Eastwood is the star. Sure Eastwood is in familiar territory. He plays a New Orleans cop hot on the trail of a serial killer. What makes this movie special is it's particular contradictions in the character played by Eastwood. On one hand he is a good single father to his his two...
Published on Dec 4 2000 by lecorel@hotmail.com


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5.0 out of 5 stars Kinky,Kinky, Kinky Clint..., May 27 2004
This review is from: Tightrope (DVD)
Man, what can be said about a southern detective walking the thin line between deviance and virtue, honor and sluttiness, father and "Whose your Daddy?", well, Clint does it well.
Great story of Clint as a detective hot on the trail of a killer who may be hot on Clint's trail. Some great one-liners, plenty o' nakedness, action, and cute kids. This movie actually makes you feel dirty, but in a good way. I saw rent it, buy it, put it under your pillow, drop it off on your co-workers desk and tell them that a good time awaits them. Hopefuly you won't get fired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Menacing, and Ambiguous, March 5 2004
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Robert Morris (Dallas, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tightrope (DVD)
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, unfortunately, 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). The supporting cast is excellent, notably Eastwood's daughter Alison who plays his older Amanda in the film, and Dan Hadeya as Detective Molinari. Eventually, after the serial killer kidnaps Amanda Block, her distraught and enraged father pursues her to a riveting conclusion when....

Others are much better qualified than I to express this opinion but I think Wes Block is a character which begins a new transition for Eastwood the actor. Thereafter, the characters he plays tend to be of the "sadder but wiser" variety, much less self-assured, more fatalistic in their view of the world, skeptical and sometimes cynical, reluctant to trust anyone or anything, and are -- for me, therefore -- much more interesting. This is an especially upsetting film which has lost little (if any) of its dramatic impact. Twenty years after its initial release and probably because I have become a grandfather, there are certain situations in Tightrope which are even more upsetting now than ever before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Added New Orleans Links, July 4 2003
This review is from: Tightrope (VHS Tape)
After attending New Orleans' Jazz and Heritage Festival 2003, I had to watch this movie, and watch for some features not mentioned in the other excellent reviews already given this film.
First of all, there is the title song played by great New Orleans' jazz saxophonist James Rivers, whom Eastwood also chose to play on "Bridges of Madison County" (the secret roadside club scene) and on "Bird". Rivers is an accomplished musician on sax, flute, harmonica, and bagpipes (yes!) - check him out!
Then, there is the cemetery chase scene. This is the cemetery in which author Anne Rice played as a child, and features graves that feature in her books. A fake mausoleum was built to hide Eastwood in the chase scene.
I am putting in my order for the DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very 'TIGHT'rope, Jan. 4 2003
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Timotee (Torrance, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Tightrope (VHS Tape)
Wes Block (Clint Eastwood) is a family man with some issues. He likes to go out at night and play hanky panky with some of the girls in New Orleans's houses. Such lordage can play a pitiful mortal so well. But wait, there's a serial killer out there who is getting rid of unwanted solicitation. This movie is creepy and will make anybody not want to walk alone ever again. Watch out for psychos who wear dirty tennis shoes. That's bad news. The savior cleaned up his act and saved his children from the lunatic and the train smashed right on through! An underrated movie that should be released on DVD right now. It has been shown on television numerous times, but it hasn't been available to buy on DVD. It will scare the daylights out of you and make you think about wrestling with strangers. It made me make lemonade and brownies. Stressful!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood in New Orleans, April 11 2001
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C.H. (Beach Park, IL) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Tightrope (VHS Tape)
Clint Eastwood portrays New Orleans cop Wes Block, a single parent with two daughters (including real life daughter Alison) who also has a dark side - he likes to patronize prostitutes in the local red light district. His after dark habits start to hit close to home when each successive prostitute he has been with turns up dead, strangled with a pretty red ribbon. A rape crisis counselor (Genevieve Bujold) wants to get involved in the investigation, and Block's resistance to the idea wanes when he realizes he has feelings for her. Unusual, dark, and intriguing - possibly Eastwood's only police role where we get so much into his psyche. Most enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Eastwood, Dec 4 2000
This review is from: Tightrope (VHS Tape)
This is a very interesting film. What makes it even more interesting is that Clint Eastwood is the star. Sure Eastwood is in familiar territory. He plays a New Orleans cop hot on the trail of a serial killer. What makes this movie special is it's particular contradictions in the character played by Eastwood. On one hand he is a good single father to his his two daughters, and on the other hand he enjoys sleeping with prostitutes. He is charming when he is around his new love interest, a played by Genevieve Bujold, but he also says sleazy things to her. Additionally Eastwood is not the tower of tough that he normally is, instead he displays real emotion. Unfortunatly the plot in this movie goes down the predictable road. However, it keeps you guessing and Eastwood is fantastic. A must see for Eastwood fans and people who like strange movies alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Class: Thriller, Species : Coitus Kinky, July 12 2000
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This review is from: Tightrope (VHS Tape)
Tightrope opens with the familiar credits that mark most of Clint Eastwood's films : Malpaso films presents...over an arial shot of car crossing a bridge. What is most surprising about this film is that writer/director Richard Tuggle uses the familiar framework of the "serial killer" movie to explore themes of guilt, sadomasochism, sexism and paranoia. Even more surprising is the fact that he explores those qualties in his hero, not the killer.
Eastwood stars as Wes Block, a New Orleans cop investigating the murders of several prostitutes who were tortured, raped and strangled. On his journey through the brothels of the city we sense that he has been there before, not as cop, but as a customer. Eastwood has the usual throwaway lines that have made his Harry Callahan character so famous, as when a prostitute apporches him "Want some honey?", "I don't eat sweets" he replies. But where Callahan draws knowing smirks from the audience, Block only draws gasps. Eastwood lets us know that any outward confidence he projects is merely a mask over his guilt. This leads to an early riveting scene where he interviews a hooker about her murdered friend "Did she mention anybody using handcuffs?" he asks. "I think it was a cop, maybe it was you" she jokes. The look on Eastwood's is face is one of such anguish, that he may even suspect himself. This one of Eastwood's best and bravest performances.
The scenes in the brothels and over the corpses are contrasted with surprisingly warm domestic scenes of Block the single parent raising his two daughters. The contrast is alarming, and the children are perhaps the only reason why he hasn't gone over the edge just yet. There is a particularly chilling suggestion in Tightrope that Block maybe vicariously living his fantasies through the killer.
On a physcological level the film is an original, where it falters is the plot. Perhaps inorder to get the film made, Tuggle was forced to add all the well worn cliches, such as the obligatory chase climax and the unmasking of the killer. He also has a tendancy to hammer home his points, as in the unnessecary dream sequence where Eastwood imagines he is the killer.
Some could persuasively argue the film wallows in excesses of depravity. I would disagree, an exploitation film tries to find a token story to hold acres of naked flesh and gore. A real film is driven to these taboo places BY its story. Tightrope is a real film. In its moody and intelligent way it suggests an innate depravity within the mildest of men.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood as ghost director, July 15 2003
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This review is from: Tightrope (DVD)
Eastwood replaced Tuggle as director after, I believe, one day of torpid self-doubting direction. Tuggle maintained directorial credit, though this film is directed by Eastwood himself. And it shows.
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